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Grand Chapter 





FEBRUARY 25th .,nd 26th, 1936 




From the 
Masonic Library 

Lawrence Runnalls 
St. Catharines 
August 1988 

Digitized by the Internet Archive 

in 2012 with funding from 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 








A. Inv. 



Corner Ontario and Church Streets 



A.D. 1936, A. Inv. 2466 
Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved. 


Grand Z. 

Toronto, Ontario 


Grand Scribe E. 
London, Ontario 


Toronto, Ont. 
Grand Z. 





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The Seventy-Eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was Held 
in the St. Thomas Anglican Church Parish Hall 
Auditorium, corner of Ontario and Church Streets, 
St. Catharines, Ontario, Tuesday and Wednesday, 
February 25th and 26th, A.D. 1936, A. Inv. 2466. 


M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner Grand Z.] 

R. Ex. Comp. William Y. Mills Grand II. [Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. Sidney S. Forbes Grand J.j 


M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

M. Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton Grand Historian 

R. Ex. Comp. David Colman Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert E. King Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry J. McCallum Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. Ernest W. Barber Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. John N. Robinson Grand Organist 

V. Ex. Comp. Thos. D. Stokoe Grand Pursuivant 

V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Price Acting Grand Steward 

Ex. Comp. Tom Welch Acting Grand Steward 

Ex. Comp. Ken Carrie Acting Grand Steward 

R. Ex. Comp. Morgan Griffith Grand Lecturer 

Ex. Comp. Charles H. Smart Grand Outer Guard 

Grand Superintendents 

R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred G. Laing St. Clair District 

R. Ex. Comp. R. Eldon Strain London 

R. Ex. Comp. R. W. E. McFadden Wilson 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Edwards Wellington 

R. Ex. Comp. Lome F. McDougall Hamilton 

R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred Wilson Huron 

R. Ex. €omp. Harry Rule Niagara 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. M. Enouy Toronto East 

R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden Toronto West 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore Georgian 

R. Ex. Comp. Angus Graham Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. James O. Herity Prince Edward 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Harris St. Lawrence 

R. Ex. Comp. Wallace M. Johnson Ottawa 

R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Wesley Johnston New Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. Howard B. Hawley Temiskaming 

Past Grand Z.'s. 

Most Ex. Camps. W. N. Ponton, K.C.; Walter H. Davis; Kenneth J. 
Dunstan; Edwin Smith ; Walter G. Price, D.D.S. ; Charles W. 
Haentschel, M.D.; and Alex. Cowan. 


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A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by 
their qualified officers, the Seventy-eighth Annual Convoca- 
tion of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
was opened in Ample Form at 7.30 o'clock p.m. 

Then followed the singing of the National Anthem, 
"God Save the King", 
and "Fight the Good Fight" 
under the direction of the Grand Organist and R, Ex. Comp. 
Wilfred Laing. 

Comp. Rev. J. W. Stewart offered the following invocation : 

"Omnipotent Father, unto Whom all hearts are open, all 
desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the 
thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, 
that we may perfectly love Thee, and worthily magnify Thy 
Name for ever." 

We beseech Thee, our Father, to impart Thy blessing 
upon us as we are met together in Thy Name to deliberate 
upon business pertaining to this Ancient Order. 

Without Thy blessing our meeting will be in vain ; but we 
believe that as Thou did'st guide Thy people of old, Thou 
wilt be pleased to guide us to-day. 

We are builders together with Thee, God, building a 
great temple, a temple of human character, a temple of a 
social order, a temple of righteousness. We fear that too 
often we have failed in this great enterprise. Forgive our 
failure ; and grant that at this Convocation we may receive a 
new inspiration to go forward in our building. 

To this end we pray Thee that Thy blessing may rest upon 
this Convocation. Guide and direct our thoughts aright. 
These blessings we ask in Christ's Name. — Amen. 

Grand Chapter was called off to permit the civic address 
of welcome. 


Ex. Comp. John W. Hudson, chairman of the General 
Committee on arrangements, introduced Bro. W. J. West- 
wood, Mayor of the City of St. Catharines, who addressed the 
Grand First Principal, extending a welcome to the Com- 
panions from the 27,000 citizens of St. Catharines and from 
27,000 of the population from the adjoining suburbs. 

St. Catharines is the centre of the greatest fruit district 
of Canada and ships their produce to all parts of the world. 


After extending the freedom of the Corporation he invited 
those who may be looking for a change of residence or the 
building of a factory to consider the city of St. Catharines. 

The welcome was acknowledged by the Grand Z., Most Ex. 
Comp. Gardiner, for the very warm reception accorded and 
extended his deep appreciation on behalf of the delegates and 
guests in attendance. 

Grand Chapter was "called on" and business resumed. 


R. Ex. Comp. Bernard Cairns, Chairman of the Committee 
on Credentials of Representatives and Proxies from Chapters, 
reported there were 159 Warranted Chapters on the Roll of 
Grand Chapter, of which 121 were represented by the follow- 

No. 1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, Kingston. 

G. M. Robinson, Z.; W. Y. Mills, H. J. Milne, P.Z.'s. 

No. 2. The\ Hiram, Hamilton. 

A. O'Dell (Proxy), R, Buchanan, D. W. Evans, D. R. Gibson, R. 
Huxtable, W. H. Wardrope, P.Z.'s, 

No. 4. St. Andrew and St. Johns, Toronto. 

G. Garnett, Z.; W. H. Price, R. McEllkiney, Geo. Slack, P.Z.'s. 

No. 5. St. George's, London. 

Thos. Fryer, Z. ; W. L. Stewart, Edwin Smith, W. J. McCallum, 
R. J. Cushman, H. E. Abel, W. K. Parkinson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 6. St. John's, Hamilton. 

H. W. Hewett, Z.; S. S. Forbes, J. E. Grady, C. R. Lloyd, G. W. 
Britton, L. F. Stevens, P.Z.'s. 

No. 7. The Moira, Belleville. 

0. R. Thomson, Z.; W. N. Ponton, P.Z. 

No. 8. King Solomon's, Toronto. 

Wm. King, H.; A. Carwithem, J.; F. Johnson (Proxy), E. W. 
Barber, W. Hoare, S. N, Francis, F. Francis, P.Z.'s. 

No. 15. Wawanosh, Sarnia. 

R. A. McGeachy, Z.; R. E. Strain (Proxy), J. H. Teasell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 16. Carleton, Ottawa. 

Fred G. Smith (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 18. Oxford, Woodstock. 

J. McJennett (Proxy), M. E. Sherwood, R. Y. Morrison, G. 
Mather, P.Z.'s. 


No. 19. Mount Moriah, St. Catharines. 

F. B. Lottridge, Z.; C. Longhurst, H.; C. Roberts, J.; H. Rule, 
F. D. Wilson, Jas. Dickie, J. P. Hudson, A. E. Coombs, W. J. 
Rose, Wm. Kerr, R. Wilson, F. Killmer, G. Davis, D. Cameron, 
H. McKay, A. N. Lindsay, C. A. Brown, E. F. Dwyer, P.Z.'s. 

No. 20. Mount Horeb, Brantford. 

R. W. E. McFadden (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 22. Grenville, Prescott. 

K. J. Dunstan (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 23. Ezra, Simcoe. 

Ernest Hind, P.Z. 

No. 24. Tecumseh, Stratford. 

W. A. Wilson, P.Z. 

No. 26. St. Mark's, Trenton. 

N. M. Sprague, Z.; A. D. Mclntyre (Proxy), F. Fairman, P.Z.'s. 

No. 27. Manitou, Collingwood. 

L. D. McClure, Z.; F. C. Bendell, P.Z. 

No. 28. Pentalpha, Oshaiva. 

A. R. Wilson, Z. 

No. 30. Huron, Goderich. 

Robert Bissett, Z.; H. B. M. Tichborne, S. D. Croft, P.Z.'s. 

No. 31. Prince Edward, Picton. 

Frank Kensley, Z. 

No. 32. Waterloo, Gait. 

F. G. Smith, Z.; R. Harrison, H.; H. R. Baer, J.; T. W. Ruther- 
ford, J. H. Cowan, R. D. Law, L. W. H. Ingall, Q. A. Wright, 
E. F. Westbrook, R. S. Hamilton, R. L. Pollock, A. G. Malcolm, 

No. 34. Signet, Barrie. 

Alex. Cowan, P.Z. 

No. 35. Keystone, Whitby. 

D. J. McGillivary, Z. 

No. 36. Corinthian, Peterboro. 

C. A. Sollitt, Z. 

No. 37. Victoria, Port Hope. 

Chas. H. Quick, Z.; S. N. Haskill, P.Z. 

No. 40. Guelph, Guelph. 

J. F. Marr, P.Z. 

No. 41. Harris, Ingersoll. 

R. H. Reid, P.Z. 


No. 44. Mount Sinai, Napanee. 

A. E. Holmes, Z. 

No. 45. Excelsior, Colborne. 

Thos. McKim, P.Z. 

No. 46. Si. James, St. Marys. 

A. Dell, Z.; F. R. Clarke, H.; J. N. Robinson, N. V. Johnston. 
W. Eley, P.Z/s. 

No. 47. Wellington, Chatham 

L. H. Veale, Z. 

No. 48. S'i. John's, Cobourg. 

W. R. Niles, Z. 

No. 53. Bruce, Petrotia. 

H. D. Sherrin (Proxy). J. C. Reid, P.Z.'s. 

No. 55. Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lakv. 

W. J. Found, Z.; W. C. Paton, J.; E. H. Brennan (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 56. Georgian, Owen Sound. 

D. C. Patmore (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 57. King Hiram, Port Colborne. 

H. W. Kern, Z. 

No. 58. Pembroke, Mattawa. 

C. W. Haentschel (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 59. Sussex, Brockville. 

W. J. Leonard, Z.; Wm. Root, P.Z. 

No. 61. Granite, Almonte. 

W. M. Johnson (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 62. York, Toronto. 

H. G. Gaskon, Z. 

No. 63. Havclock, Kincardine. 

V. D. Cottrill, Z. 

No. 64. Wilhon, Welland. 

M. F. Stewart, Z.; Jas. Charlton, J.; Chas. Cohen, J. G. Frame, 
G. W. Urquhart, J. C. Gothard, P.Z.'s. 

No. 65. St. Paul's, Toronto. 

D. H. Boddington, Z.; W. E. Tindale, H.; M. R. Griffith, K. J. 
Dunstain, P.Z.'s. 

No. 67. Enterprise, Palmerston. 

J. Fred Edwards, P.Z. 

No. 68. Maitland, North Augusta. 

Wm. Root (Proxy), P.Z. 


No. 69. Grimsby, Grimsby. 

H. G. Mogg, Z.; C. Gowland, H.; L. D. Jacobs, J.; W. G. Cowan, 
D. Cloughley, C. W. F. Caarpenter, P.Z.'s. 

No. 72. Keystone, Stirling. 

J. E. Salisbury, Z.; Thos. D. Solmes, C. B. Bedford, P.Z.'s. 

No. 75. St. Clair, Milton. 

W. T. Barnard, Z.; E. Harrol, M. S. Sproat, A. L. MeNabb, 
No. 76. Mount Nebo, Niagara Falls. 

F. W. Morcom, Z.; C. H. Sheppard (Proxy), G. E. French, A. F. 
Payne, J. H. Rolston, C. L. Leys, B. C. Gibbs, W. J. Clements, 

No. 77. Occident, Toronto. 

Jas. T. Gilchrist, Z.; J. M. Burden, H. Smith, W. H. Murchison, 
Jino. Russell, J. W. Lawrence, J. W. Woodland, W. J. Damp, 
S. G. Newdick, P.Z.'s. 

No. 79. Orient, Toronto. 

A. S. Skinner, Z.; J. H. Williamson, J. L. Mills, A. H. Jones, 
Thos. McDonald, P.Z.'s. 

No. 80. Ark, Windsor. 

S. D. Croker (Proxy), W. R. Bricker, W. E. Tregenza, E. A. 
McCubbin, C. P. Marshall, P.Z.'s. 

No. 81. Aylmer, Aylmer. 

Ghas. Brooks, Z. 

No. 82, Shuniah, Port Arthur. 

A. E. Holland. Z. 
No. 83. Ionic, Orangeville. 

G. M. Thompson, Z.; J. A. V. Preston, W. W. Marshall, T. S. 
Parkinsofn:, W. T. Robb, W. J. Price, A. H. Woodland, C. B. 
Gillespie, E. Whelan, G. H. Hardy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 84. Lebonon, Wingham. 

R. C. Thompson (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 88. MacNabb, Dresden. 

E. R. Pailing (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 91. Antiquity, Toronto. 

T. D. Stokoe (Proxy), W. J. Armstrong, A. Kitchen, E. J. 

Luttrell, P.Z.'s. 
No. 94. Midland, Lindsay. 

Chas. L. Davidson (Proxy), R. C. Nugent, P.Z.'s. 

No. 100. St. Lawrence, Brockville. 

W. J. Leonard (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 102. Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie. 

Duncan Neil, Z.; W. J. W. Johnston, A. H. Richardson, P.Z.'s. 


No. 103. St. John's, North Bay. 

F. C. J. Foster (Proxy), E. L. Moore, P.Z.'s. 

No. 104. White Oak, Oakville. 

E. D. Jordan, Z.; G. C. Gibson, J.; R. M. Smith, P.Z. 

No. 113. Covenant, Cornwall. 

H. I. Shuts, Z. 

No. 114. Bonnechere, Renfrew. 

J. J. Gardiner (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 115. Brant, Paris. 

Geo. L. Foulds, Z.; J. D. Smith, A. H. Monteith, W. W. Tou^h, 

No. 117. Kitchener, Kitchener. 

W. J. Leach, Z. ; L. A. Becker, J.; Win. Downing (Proxy), W. 
Duench, A. E. King, W. R. Cooper, A. C. Mason, P.Z.'s. 

No. 129. Elliott, Mitchell. 

Jimo. Empey (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 132. Leeds, Gananoque. 

B. J. Davis (Proxy), A. Harris, P.Z.'s. 

No. 133. St. Francis, Smiths Falls. 

G. A. Phillips, Jr., Z. 

No. 134. King Darius, Canning ton. 

E. J. Hayes, Z. 

No. 135. Succoth, Uxbridge. 

H. V. Watson, Z; J. H. Ohinn, P.Z. 

No. 138. Shekinah, Toronto. 

E. A. Snell (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 139. St. Andrews, Havelock. 

Angus Graham, P.Z. 

No. 144. Presqu'ile, Brighton. 

W. T. D. Fritz, Z. 

No. 145. The St. Patrick, Toronto. 

Wm. C. Johnston, Z.; F. V. Higginbottom, J.; B. Cairns, F. G. 
McLean, P. W. Rogers, Fred Busteed, E. J. Luttrell, T. Wescott, 
H. P. Reid, P.Z.'s. 

No. 150. London, London. 

Tom Welch (Proxy), J. H. C. Woodward, P.Z.'s. 

No. 152. Alberton, Fort Frances^ 

Edwin Smith (Proxy), P.Z. „*, 

No. 153. Sombra, Wallaceburg. . ^^»-.» 

J. A. Lillie, Z.; W. G. Laiinig, Alex. Bruce, P.Z?s. 


No. 163. The Beaches, Toronto. 

Arthur Welch, Z.; G. L. Gardiner, C. H. Smart, P.Z.'s. 

No. 167. Kichikewana, Midland. 

C. P. Eagles, Z.; R. R. Wilson, P.Z. 

No. 168. ' Ionic, Campbell/ ord. 

E. G. Tinney, P.Z. 

No. 169. Temiskaming, New Liskeard. 

Geo. E. McKelvie (Prox)), P.Z. 

No. 175. The Hamilton, Hamilton. 

F. W. Dean, Z. ; W. J. Shaw, H.; R. W. Bruce, J.; W. H. Davis 
(Proxy), A. P. Goering, L. F. Stevens, S. Vila, P.G.'s. 

No. 185- The Toronto, Toronto. 

D. Calder, H.; D. Coleman, A. L. Robertson, J. Petch, T. H. 
Shaw, W. J. Stewart, T. R. Hughes, Robt. Somerville, S. Manuel, 
W. J. Dunlop, P.Z.'s. 

No. 195. Peel, Brampton. 

R. V. Conover (Proxy), Jno. Davidson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 198. Couchiching, OrilUa. 

D. H. McNabb, Z.; D. C. Patmore, H. S. Fenton, B. H. Price, 

No. 203. Cobalt, Cobalt. 

R. 0. Stromberg, Z. 

No. 205. Victoria, Thornhill. 

H. H. Laing (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 210. Kitchener, Russell. 

A. Walker (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 212. Mount Sinai, Toronto. 

A. I. Cohen, Z.; M. L. Levy (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 213. Northern Light, Timmins. 

S. Shantz, Z. 

No. 215. Mimico, Mimico. 

E. J. Everett, J. L. Maude, E. J. Luttrell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 217. St. Alban's, Toronto. 

S. C. Russell, Z.; J. L. House, P.Z. 

No. 218. Prince Edward, Shelburne. 

D. W. Stewart, H.; E. M. Wansborough, J. C. Stoddart, P.Z.'s. 

No. 219. Ulster, Toronto. 

R. E. Story, H.; W. H. Curtis, J.; D. Colman, D. Stuart, P.Z.'s. 


No. 220. Lebanon, Lambton Mills. 

S. L. Carr, Z.; W. F. Leuty, H.; J. F. Molloy (Proxy), J. Austin 
Evans, R. M. Carr, W. E. Mason, P.Z.'s. 

No. 221. Durham, Durham. 

S. D. Croft, P.Z. 

No. 222. Ottawa, Ottaiva. 

A. H. McKee, P.Z. 

No. 223. Abitibi, Iroquois Falls. 

H. Jones (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 224. Keystone, Hamilton. 

W. J. Rowniey, Z.; Jno-. F. Gray, H. 

No. 22)5. Beaver, Toronto. 

Jno. C. Day, Z.; B. Cairns, H. A. Miller, Ed. Smith, Jas. 
Pickard, Wm. Pendleton, W. G. Anderson, E. J. Luttrell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 227. Quinte Friendship, Belleville. 

Roy Anderson, Z. ; J. 0. Herity, P.Z. 

No. 230. Port Credit, Port Credit. 

J. H. Pinchin, Z.; D. J. McKee, H.; W. G. Price, L. G. Brayley, 
R. F. Dudman, F. A. Maas, W. A. Maxwell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 231. The St. Clair, Toronto. 

J. W. Woodland (Proxy), A. A. Gray, W. F. Gunning, P.Z.'s. 

No. 232. King Cyrus, Toronto. 

J. A. Marcbment (Proxy), K. N. Carrie, E. J. Luttrell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 233. Oakwood, Toronto. 

W. E. Gardner (Proxy), E. J. Luttrell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 235. Aurora, Aurora. 

H. S. Bunn, Z.; F. R. Underbill, E. V. Underbill; G. E. Under- 
bill, N. F. Johnson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 238. The St. Andrew, London. 

H. I. Orr, P.Z. 

No. 240. Smithville, Smithville. 

E. Merritt, H.; Frank Hays (Proxy), S. Magder, J. H. Patter- 
son, C. A. Merritt, P.Z.'s. 

No. 241. University, Toronto. 

H. A. Russell, Z.; W. S. M. Enouy (Proxy), A. A. Kinghorn, 
Chas. H. Heebner, P. W. Rogers, P.Z.'s. 

No. 242. St. Paul's, Lambeth. 

Gordon Howell, Z.; Wm. Heron, P.Z. 

No. 243. McKay, Stoney Creek. 

L. F. McDougall (Proxy), W. M. Clark, J. H. Lee, P.Z.'s.; 
R. Wray, Z. 


No. 245. Preston, Preston. 

E. V. Hilborn, Z.; H. G. Nix, H.; W. H. Renwick, J.; A. Jefkins, 
J. Parkinson, 0. Little, P.Z.'s. 

No. 246. Humber, Weston. 

W. J. Armstrong (Proxy), R. B. Dargavel, F. W. Fisher, P.Z.'s. 

No. 247. Nilestoivn, Nilestown. 

J. Tainan, Z.; G. H. Martin, W. E. Summers, P.Z.'s. 

No. 248. Dochert, Arnprior. 

W. M. Johnson (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 249. Palestine, Boivmanville. 

A. E. Billett, Z.; C. C. Bonnycastle, F. C. Hoar, W. M. Corn- 
stock, E. H. Brown, P.Z.'s. 

No. 250. Thomas Peters', Windsor. 

W. N. Moore (Proxy), E. A. McCulbbin, P.Z.'s. 

No. 251. Kirkland, Kirkland Lake. 

R. A. Bilbrough, Z.; H. B. Hawley, P.Z. 

No. 253. Regal, Port Dover. 

Peter Brock, H.; E. Hind, Wm. A. Ferguson, P.Z.'s. 


No. 3. St. John's, London. 

No. 29. McCallum, Dunnville. 

No. 54. Palestine, St. Thomas. 

No. 60. Doric, Newmarket. 

No. 66. The Malloch, Seaforth. 

No. 70. Grand River, Bracebridge. 

No. 71. Prince of Wales, Amherstburg. 

No. 73. Erie, Ridgetown. 

No. 74. Beaver, Strath roy. 

No. 78. Minnewawa, Parkhill. 

No. 86. Maepherson, Meaford. 

No. 90. Golden, Kenora. 

No. 95. Tuscan, Sudbury. 

No. 110. Warkworth, Warkworth. 

No. 112. St. John's, Morrisburg. 

No. 116. Maple, Carleton Place. 

No. 119. King Cyrus, Leamington. 

No. 130. Chantry, Southampton. 

No. 131. Amabel, Wiarton. 

No. 140. Fort William, Fort William. 

No. 143. Glengarry, Maxville. 

No. 146. Bernard, Listowell. 

No. 147. Lucknow, Lucknow. 

No. 148. St. John's, Vankleek Hill. 


No. 149. Atwood, Rainy River. 

No. 151. Lauramtian, Pembroke. 

No. 154. Klondike, Dawson. 

No. 155. Ancaster, Ancaster. 

No. 161. Madoc, Madoc. 

No. 164. Lome, West Lome. 

No. 184. Hugh Murray, Fort Erie North. 

No. 214. Vimy, Inwood. 

No. 226. Prince of Wales, Perth. 

No. 234. Halton, Georgetown. 

No. 236. Caledonia, Caledonia, 

No. 239. Blenheim, Blenheim. 

No. 244. Cochrane, Cochrane. 

No. 252. Hiawatha, Sarnia. 

74 Chapters were represented by Regular Officers. 
47 " " " " Proxy. 

" Past Z.'s. 

121 Total Chapters represented. 

There are 366 Delegates registered, having a total vote of 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

B. Cairns, Chairman, 
H. A. Miller, 
W. J. Armstrong, 
W. G. Anderson, 
Thos. McDonald, 
Jas. W. Woodland, 
Chas. L. Davidson, 
John C. Day, 
W. Pindleton, 
Fred W. Fisher, 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp.B. Cairns, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Credentials and 
Representatives be received and adopted. 


The following distinguished guests were in attendance and 
introduced to the delegates. 

By Most Ex. Comp. Kenneth J. Dunstan : 

Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M., G. R. Canada, in the Province 
of Ontario — R. Wor. Bro. and Ex. Comp. W. J. Dunlop, Deputy 


Grand Master ; M. Wor. Bro. and V. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, 
Past Grand Master. 

Supreme Grand Council, of the Western Jurisdiction of 
Canada, Royal and Select Masters — Most Illustrious Com- 
panion and Ex. Comp. Harry I. Orr, Grand Master. 

The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, Knights Templar — 
Most Em. Sir Knight and Most Ex. Comp. Dr. C. W. 
Haentschel, representing the Supreme Grand Master. 

The Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite 
of Freemasonry for the Dominion of Canada — M. Puisant and 
R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Wardrope, Sovereign Grand Commander. 

The General Grand Chapter of the United States of 
America— Most Ex. uomp. W. T. S. O'Hara, General Grand 
High Priest. 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal Arch 
Masons — M. Ex. Comp. George E. Francis, Grand High 
Priest; R. Ex. Comp. Charles J. Wells, Grand Captain of the 
Host; M. Ex. Comp. Washington A. Russell, Grand Royal 
Lecturer; R. Ex. Comp. Wright J. Burley, Grand Royal Arch 
Captain; R. Ex. Comp. George Stoddart; R. Ex. Comp. 
Reginald 0. Fox, Grand Representative of Manitoba, Past 
High Priest Covenant Chapter, Buffalo, New York; Comp. 
Edwin W. Grieb, Adytum Chapter, 235; Ex. Comp. R. L. 
Cross, Past High Priest, Gowanda Chapter, Gowanda, New 
York; R. Ex. Comp. John W. Baird, Grand Representative 
New South Wales, Buffalo, New York. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan — R. Ex. 
Comp. Chas. A. Conover, Grand Secretary, and General Grand 
Secretary of the General Grand Chapter of the United States 
of America, and the Grand Representative of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada, near the Grand Chapter of Michigan. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Jersey — M. Ex. 
Comp. John G. Crawford, Grand High Priest; R. Ex. Comp. 
Dr. Godfrey Pittis, Grand Representative of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada, near the Grand Chapter of New Jersey. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec — M. 
Ex. Comp. Chas. A. O'Neil, Grand Z. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia — 
R. Ex. Comp. Senator R. F. Green, representing the Grand Z. 

Most Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton, Dean of Masonry in 
Ontario, on behalf of the Most Excellent the Grand Z., wel- 
comed every guest in his usual most eloquent and genial 



St. Catharines, Ont., Feb. 25, 1936. 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Roual Arch Masons of 

I feel it to be a great honour and privilege indeed, as Grand 
Superintendent of Niagara District, No. 7, on behalf of the 
Chapters of the District, to welcome the Grand Chapter here, 
on their Seventy-eighth Annual Convocation 

We hope you will find the preparations made to be adequate 
for such business as may be regularly brought before the 
Convocation, and arrangements made for your convenience 
while at labour, as well as for your leisure hours, to be such 
as will make our stay here not only a pleasureable one to you, 
but one of profit to all concerned. 

I may say that this is not the first time that the Niagara 
District has been honoured by the Grand Chapter meeting in 
our midst, as a Convocation of Royal Arch Masons was held 
in St, Catharines on August 11th, 1875, under the direction 
of Most Excellent Companion James Seymour, and again at 
Niagara Falls in 1931 with Most Excellent Companion Walter 
G. Price, D.D.S., presiding. 

You will note the date on the souvenir penny given you. 
It is to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Mount Moriah 
Chapter, No. 19. Our warrant was granted February 21st, 
1861, by Most Excellent Companion John Charles Franck, 
Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter, recognizing the 
name chosen, confirming the selection of Principals and date 
of meeting, and conferring full authority to hold regular and 
emergency Convocations of a Royal Arch Chapter, under the 
guidance of Excellent Companion James Seymour, the first 
First Principal of Mount Moriah Chapter, he being assisted 
by eight other well tried, true and trusty Companions. They 
have furnished evidence that the substantial prosperity which 
has thus far marked its progress will not wane, but become 
enduring as time advances. Seventy-five years have passed 
into history since Mount Moriah Chapter was organized by 
those respected Companions, who at that time became its 
pioneers and guardians. The progress made since that time 
affords a fruitful theme for reflection, not only to its Officers 
and Members, but also to those intelligent observers who take 


an interest in studying the growth and expansion of Capitular 
Masonry, as now worked in Canada. 

"O Glorious Builder of the vaulted skies, 
Come down to bless the Mason's enterprise, 
Enlarge our spirit — let our means improve 
Exalt our friendship, and refine our love. 
Enforce our faith, make strong our mystic ties; 
And let our hearts be pure before Thine eyes 
So that, while God Approves, the world may see 
How great and good a thing* is Ancient Masonry." 

In conclusion, Most Excellent Sir, we do extend to you, 
your Officers, Delegates and Companions, a most hearty wel- 
come, and place ourselves at your service. 

Harry Rule, 

Grand Superintendent, 
Niagara District, No. 7. 

The Grand Z. on behalf of Grand Chapter thanked R. Ex. 
Camp. Rule for the welcome extended. 

The M. Ex. Grand Z. announced that all Royal Arch Masons 
in good standing, and properly vouched for, would as visitors 
be admitted during the sessions of Grand Chapter. 


The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of 
the Proceedings of the Seventy-seventh Annual Convocation, 
held in the city of Kitchener, Tuesday and Wednesday, 
February 26th and 27th, 1935, when it was moved by R. Ex. 
Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. S. S. Forbes, 
and — 

Resolved, — That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, 
held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 26th and 27th, 1935, have been 
printed and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, 
the recorded minutes be considered as read, and the same is now con- 


The M. Ex. the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe E. to 
call the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Chapters when 
they assembled before the Altar. The following Grand Repre- 
sentatives answered their names: 



Comp. J. W. Lawrence Toronto 

J. W. Empey _ Alberta 

Harvey J. Milne Connecticut 

Geo. W. Slack .' Delaware 

J. H. Cowan Florida 

W. N. Ponton Georgia 

B. Cairns Ireland 

A. P. Goering Kansas 

W. Y. Mills Louisiana 

M. E. Sherwood Maine 

R. H. Reid Manitoba 

W. G. Price Michigan 

A. Art Gray Mississippi 

John F. Marr Nevada 

Morgan R. Griffith New Brunswick 

W. H. Davis New Hampshire 

K. J. Dunstan New Jersey 

R. B. Dargavel New South Wales 

C. W. Haentschel ., New York 

J. A. Evans New Zealand 

F. G. McLean North Carolina 

Edwin Smith Ohio 

J. J. Gardiner Oregon 

Geo. L. Gardiner Quebec 

W. H. Wardrope Scotland 

Wm. Downing South Dakota 

J. H. C. Woodward Tennessee 

W. L. Stewart Texas 

S. J. Newdick Victoria 

S. S. Forbes Washington 

W. J. Armstrong West Australia 

Alex. Cowan West Virginia 

The Grand Z. welcomed the thirty-two various Grand 
Representatives in suitable terms. 

Grand Honours were then accorded to our Guests and the 
Grand Representatives, and then Most Ex. Comp. George L. 
Gardiner presented the following address : 


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To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

At the last annual Convocation of Grand Chapter you 
honoured me by entrusting to my care the duties of the high 
and important office of Grand First Principal, thereby consti- 
tuting me the custodian of the Honour and Reputation of 
Royal Arch Masonry within the confines of this Grand Juris- 
diction, until such time as Grand Chapter should again meet 
in annual convocation. 


Time, the inexorable, moves rapidly with advancing years. 
Since last we met, twelve long, eventful months have come 
and gone, another page of History has been written in the 
golden book of Fate, and now by the Grace of Almighty 
Providence we reach another milestone on life's broad high- 
way to come together once again to fraternize — to exchange 
ideas — to develop ideals — to legislate and deliberate on behalf 
of our beloved Royal Craft. 

It is my privilege at this time to extend to you — my com- 
panions of Grand Chapter — and to our many honoured and 
distinguished guests, a sincere, loving and fraternal welcome 
to this, our Seventy-eighth Annual Convocation. 

We meet to-day in one of the most interesting locations of 
Canada — the city of St. Catharines — most properly called the 
Garden City. While climatic conditions at this time of year 
are not conducive to a full appreciation of this natural beauty 
spot, yet most of us have pleasant memories of St. Catharines 
in other seasons of the year when clothed in rich raiment of 
nature's choicest colours it extends a friendly hand of wel- 
come to thousands who each year motor through the fruit 
belt of the Niagara Peninsula — the Mecca of tourists from all 
parts of Canada and far distant points in the United States. 
Bounded on the north by Lake Ontario and on the south by 
Lake Erie, St. Catharines is blessed with a delightful climate 
which makes possible the wonderful harvest of fruit in the 
summer. Few cities in Canada are so favoured. Within a 
radius of a few miles by motor we reach some of the most 
historic spots of this province and almost within sight of 
Queenston Heights, redolent of the stirring days of Sir Isaac 
Brock and the immortal Laura Secord. Who has not stood 
by Brock's monument and viewed with feelings of pride the 
great panorama Which stretches for miles in glorious pic- 
turesqueness. Who, under such circumstances, has not been 
prompted to express his feelings by quoting the lines of Sir 
Walter Scott: 

"Breathes there a man with soul so dead, 
Who never to himself hath said 
This is my own, my native land." 

Across the turbulent Niagara we see Old Glory with its 
gleaming stars and stripes — a neighbourly reminder that this 
Great Divide is the natural boundary between two friendly 
countries — and on this side of the river, proudly floating high 
above the trees is that flag that has "braved a thousand years 


the battle and the breeze" — our own Union Jack, symbolic of 
that perfect freedom vouchsafed to all over whom it floats. 

Before us thunders the great Niagara Falls; yonder a few 
miles is that wonderful engineering feat — the Welland Canal 
— which opens the gateway to marine traffic and provides one 
of the most important links that binds the East and West. 
Educational — historic — picturesque — yes, we are fortunate in 
our place of meeting and gratefully acknowledge the gracious 
welcome extended to us by the citizens of St. Catharines, the 
ninth largest city in our fair province. 

It seems but meet and proper that, having selected St. 
Catharines as our try-sting place, we should next seek within 
the corporate limits of this city a building suitably located and 
equipped to provide comfortable accommodation for Grand 
Chapter. And here, within the hallowed precincts of St. 
Thomas' Anglican Church, amid most appropriate surround- 
ings, we find a happy solution of our problem. Masonic re- 
cords inform us that on the twelfth day of September — Anno 
Domini 1877 — and in the Masonic era 5877 — during the reign 
of Victoria, of loving and revered memory — the corner stone 
of this Church was well and truly laid under Masonic auspices 
by the late Most Worshipful Brother J. K. Kerr, then Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada, in the presence of the 
Lord Bishop of the Diocese, the Right Reverend Thos. Brock 
Fuller, the Mayor, and other members of the corporation and 
a large concourse of citizens of the city of St. Catharines. 
Surely a most appropriate setting for a Masonic gathering of 
this character. 

Our thanks are due to the church authorities, our Com- 
panions of St. Catharines and all those who combined to make 
possible the placing at our disposal of the splendid accom- 
modation of this historic old church whose Masonic back- 
ground should be a source of great inspiration to us during 
our sojourn within its friendly walls. 

The Past Year. 

Well may we say "Watchman, what of the night?" Con- 
ditions in the outer world have shown but little improvement 
commercially or otherwise. We still live in the depressing 
atmosphere of strife and turmoil, of doubt and anxiety. While 
Hope like a twinkling star still gleams above the clouds there 
has been little to encourage the belief that darkness is now 
behind us and the future a promise of better days. The 
Biblical prophecy that "There shall be wars and rumours of 


wars" is in the process of fulfillment. Oh! the tragedy of it 
all. The long-sought peace and contentment — the dream of 
the multitude since the close of the last great catastrophe in 
Europe seems to be still beyond our grasp. The greed and 
avarice, the desire for power, the supremacy of might over 
right, seems still to be the dominant factor in world affairs. 
The tragic lessons of the last great war seem to have fallen 
upon ears that will not hear. The hideous nightmare of the 
past is no longer a deterrent to acts and actions which may 
once again plunge humanity into an Armageddon which, 
should it come — and God forbid — will undoubtedly challenge 
the very existence of present-day civilization. The silver 
lining of the cloud is seen in the efforts of the Motherland 
with all the force of her Empire and with the co-operation 
and assistance of other peace-loving powers, to stem the tide, 
to still forever the rumble of artillery and the march of armed 
men. May the guiding hand of the Great Jehovah inspire 
and encourage her statesmen — may their diplomacy and 
threat of force and power be sufficient to clarify the heavily 
charged atmosphere and bring men and nations to a realiza- 
tion that now is the time to turn their swords into plowshares, 
and direct their thoughts to those peaceful pursuits which 
Almighty God has abundantly provided for all who heed His 
Divine Commands. 

When avarice, greed and lust for power and increased ter- 
ritory are replaced by a sane and unselfish contentment; when 
Nations are satisfied to build and develop resources of their 
own countries rather than seek expansion by appropriating 
that which belongs to another and perhaps weaker nation: 
when all shall endeavour to help rather than hinder, to build 
rather than destroy, to be frank and neighbourly rather than 
suspicious and underhanded, when an honest attempt is made 
by all nations to settle their differences by civil arbitration 
rather than by military force — then, and then only, shall we 
realize our dream of a world-wide peace, then, and then only, 
may we hope to successfully attune our ears to the music of 
the heavens, as the choir invisible chants with a new and 
appropriate meaning, 

"Glory to God in the highest, 
On earth peace, good-will to man." 

And how has Royal Arch Masonry prospered? While 
conditions beyond our control are responsible for a substan- 
tial reduction in our ranks we must remember that we are 
not alone in being called upon to meet these conditions of 


stress and anxiety. Man is made for encountering opposition 
and that opposition, when courageously met, adds to his 
strength. Reduced membership means a redistribution of the 
burden, more intensive labour for those who remain, but com- 
pensation is found in a more widespread spirit of fraternity 
and a greater advancement of brotherhood. We deplore the 
adverse conditions which have resulted in a very definite loss 
in our man-power, yet we are told that adversity very often 
fashions out of our infirmities the very weapon with which 
we hew our greatest triumphs. While numerically we are 
suffering in comparison with the past, yet, in the point of 
influence our beloved Order is stronger to-day than at any 
time in its history. Its mollifying influence on the asperities 
of men, its leavening of the prejudices and passions of every- 
day life is forcing it to the fore as a potent influence for good 
in every community in which it is found. The need for 
Masonry in all its branches and ramifications is most intense. 
We live in a day when the needs of the world are much dis- 
cussed, surrounded by false prophets whose honeyed words 
cause the masses to surge to towering heights of discontent. 
We listen to the economist seeking to be the Moses who alone 
can lead us out of the wilderness of doubt and uncertainty. 
We study the plans of statesmen and turn an attentive ear to 
the promises of politicians, yet, it seems to me that none of 
these provide a practical solution to our social problems. 
Rather, let us endeavour to replace abstract idealism by con- 
crete realism, for we are wasting much precious time in petty 
differences, that should be used in enriching this glorious life. 
What we need is more confidence, less intrigue, more love, less 
hate, more charity, less selfishness, more activity and less 
passiveness, more deeds and less words; all of which may be 
summed up by the suggestion that we heed not the crying cant 
of doubting Thomases and return to the days when we were 
old fashioned and less modern, those days when we had more 
faith and less doubt. How 'direly we need to re-capture the 
spirit of those old days, how necessary that we vivify and 
rejuvenate the beliefs of our forefathers and acquire an abid- 
ing faith in the Great Master Builder, whose Omnipotent 
Hand was then, as now, a protecting bulwark against the very 
evils which beset us in these days of ultra-modernism. 

Under existing conditions, the silent influence of Masonry 
may prove the light that enables us to steer clear of the hidden 
dangers by beautifying and ennobling the hearts of men. 
While, perhaps, it is too much to expect that all men will be 
perfect and that they will uniformly and consistently measure 


up to the lofty ideals and sublime teachings of this ancient 
institution, yet, as time goes on, the world will be more and 
more affected by our influence — providing, of course, that we 
continue to be true to ourselves and faithful to our Masonic 
trust. If we are to influence those beyond the pale of Masonry 
we should remember that renunciation must precede all 
spiritual progress, that pride and arrogance must give way to 
humility and respect and above all that we must demonstrate 
that spirit of true Brotherhood which is the golden thread 
which runs through and gives strength to the whole fabric of 

The Fraternal Dead. 

"Death is but a path that must be trod 
If man would ever pass to God." 

Reports from beyond our borders record severe losses and 
the names of many highly placed Companions appear among 
those who have answered the last great call. We take this 
means of conveying our heart-felt sympathy to Sister Juris- 
dictions in the death of so many of their distinguished Royal 

Our own losses by death have been many and grievous to 
be borne, and while I have no desire to anticipate the report 
on the Fraternal Dead I feel it incumbent upon me to pay 
tribute to the passing of these dearly beloved Companions. 
While other reports will furnish more detailed information I 
should like to make especial reference to three of our Com- 
panions who for many years have been particularly active in 
this Grand Chapter. 

R. Ex. Comp. Edward B. Brown, K.C. : Initiated in Ionic 
Lodge, No. 25, G.R.C., in 1889. Attained the rank of Wor- 
shipful Master in 1898, subsequently becoming District 
Deputy Grand Master of Toronto, West District, No. 11, in 
1902. In 1918 he became Historian of Grand Lodge. 

In Royal Arch Masonry he occupied the chair of First 
Principal in St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, G.R.C., in the year 
1900, elected in 1906 to the position of Grand Principal 
Sojourner, and later for some years was Chairman of the 
Committee on Foreign Correspondence. 

Companion Brown was a man of lovable character, pro- 
minent in Masonic and legal circles, and his death on July 
10th last was a great loss to his many friends. 

R. Ex. Comp. Herbert C. Skinner : Died on November 29th. 
Companion Skinner was an active Mason in both branches of 


our Order. An outstanding citizen of Orillia and actively 
associated with many public organizations in that town. 

In February, 1935, he was elevated to the office of Grand 
Superintendent of the Georgian District, No. 9, which position 
he held at the time of his death. 

He will be greatly missed in the civic, social and fraternal 
life of Orillia. 

R. Ex. Comp. James B. Nixon: Died January 9th, 1936. 
Companion Nixon was one of our veterans, a member of this 
Order for 67 years. Initiated in Wilson Lodge, No. 86, in 
1868, he became Worshipful Master of Rehoboam Lodge, No. 
65, in 1873, and District Deputy Grand Master in 1881. He 
was exalted in St. Andrew's Chapter in 1869, First Principal 
in 1874, Grand Superintendent in 1878, and was actively 
identified with the Cryptic Rite, the Knight Templar and 
Scottish Rite Bodies. 

For many years up to the time of his death Companion 
Nixon was engaged in the work of the Masonic Board of 
Relief. His connection with benevolent activities of Grand 
Lodge and Grand Chapter have covered a great number of 
years. One of the Grand Old Men of Masonry, he endeared 
himself to all with whom he associated. His was a life-time 
of devotion to the cause of Masonry — a life-time of service to 
his fellowmen. In passing he leaves a fragrant memory of a 
worth-while life. 

I regret exceedingly at this time to have to make reference 
to another break in the ranks of the "Old Guard." 

R. Ex. Comp. Dr. R. J. Reade passed away suddenly almost 
on the eve of Grand Chapter. His arrangements were made 
to attend this meeting when suddenly he was stricken. 
His death is a severe loss to Royal Arch Masonry in the City 
of Toronto where for many years he has been an active 
worker in the Capitular body. 

R. Ex. Comp. Reade was a member of Ionic Lodge, a Past 
Principal of St. Paul's Chapter, and a Past Grand Superin- 
tendent of District No. 8. He was a graduate of Trinity College 
and a member of the Convocation of the University of Toronto, 
a man of sterling character, a learned scholar and a great 
honour to the Fraternity. To use the words of Provost 
Macklem of Trinity College, he was a man whose whole life 
was characterized in three simple words. 

Loyalty — Contentment — Service. 


King's Jubilee. 

During the year we in Canada, as loyal subjects of the late 
King George V., joined with citizens of all parts of the Empire 
in celebrating the Silver Jubilee of His Majesty. This historic 
event evoked an unprecedented demonstration of loyalty and 
devotion throughout the length and breadth of the Common- 
wealth of Nations composing the British Empire. 

An an outward evidence of our inward loyalty to His 
Majesty the King, and His Royal Consort Queen Mary, the 
following message was sent on your behalf : 


We beg leave to present and we beg Your Majesty to 
accept, the dutiful and devoted felicitations, the loyal and 
affectionate regard and greetings of this branch of the 
Household of the Faithful, composed of the Grand Chapter 
of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

With profound thanksgiving for the blessings which 
Divine Providence has vouchsafed to Your Majesty's 
United Empire during your beneficent reign of a quarter 
of a century, we pray God to grant many happy years of 
peace within and without our borders, and we tender our 
loyal service in its attainment, so essential to the welfare 
of our Empire and the whole world. May we adopt the 
thoughts expressed by Your Majesty that community of 
interest, sense of kinship and mutual confidence may, as 
in the past, unite Your Majesty's Commonwealth Empire 
in peace or war. And may the benedictions and beauti- 
tudes of Divine Providence be accorded to you and to her 
most gracious Majesty, the Queen, during length of 
happy days and years together. 

With assurance of our devotion to Your Majesty's 
Crown and Person, we pray that 'ever beloved and loving 
may your rule be'. 

And may we be permitted to send a special message 
of loving greeting to Her Majesty, the Queen, in the words 
addressed to Her late Majesty, Queen Victoria: 

'A thousand claims to reverence, close 
In her as mother, wife, and Queen.' 
We are one through the Throne." 


This message, written by M. Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton, 
K.C., was received and most graciously acknowledged by Lord 
Wigram on behalf of His Majesty, the King. 

The King's Cancer Fund. 

As a memorial of the occasion of his Silver Jubilee King 
George inaugurated a fund known as "The King's Cancer 
Fund" and solicited subscriptions from all parts of the Em- 
pire — the funds so raised to provide sinews of war in the fight 
to conquer cancer, one of the most insidious and fatal of all 
human afflictions. Believing that you would wish to be 
associated with this laudable project I occasioned a letter to 
be sent to the constituent chapters of this jurisdiction — solicit- 
ing their aid in raising by voluntary subscription a sum of 
money to be subscribed to the King's Cancer Fund. The 
response was most generous and I was enabled to submit an 
amount in excess of Five Hundred Dollars to Her Excellency 
Lady Bessborough, the custodian of the fund in Canada. A 
grateful acknowledgment was received in due course and I 
take this medium of extending my personal thanks to all those 
who made it possible for Royal Arch Masonry to be so 
generously represented in this most worthy undertaking. 

Since our last Convocation the tenure of office as Governor- 
General of Canada, of His Excellency, the Earl of Bessborough 
expired, and in company with his distinguished wife and family 
he has returned to England, carrying with him, to use his 
own words: 

"A wealth of Happy and Pleasant Memories." 

Canadians were pleased indeed in the appointment of Lord 
Tweedsmuir as successor to the Earl of Bessborough. A 
literary genius, the new incumbent of the office comes to 
Canada not as a stranger but rather as an old friend, for as 
John Buchan we have known him intimately through his 
writings, and his elevation to Vice-Regal rank has met with 
general approval throughout the length and breadth of Canada. 

In Memoriam. 

Since writing the foregoing, a profound sorrow has settled 
over all the land — one to whom we so recently paid tribute and 
extended happy felicitations is no more. The King is dead. 
Words cannot find voice or give expression to the sense of 
personal loss that the death of His Majesty King George the 


Fifth brought to the hearts of his loyal subjects a few short 
weeks ago. 

The Empire mourns the loss of one who was enshrined in 
the hearts of his people, one whose life was crowned with all 
that wins the affection and commands the homage of man- 
kind. In the midst of this national bereavement, may we re- 
member that in his passing, a great life has been closed. The 
longer we live, the more we shall find in that life to love, 
honour, and revere. His majestic grace, his personality and 
kindly disposition, his wisdom and understanding. endeared 
him to all classes. While keenly attentive to all that affected 
his far-flung Empire, his relations with the administration of 
the affairs of state manifested an even greater interest in those 
small things that directly effected the peace, happiness and 
contentment of his subjects. 

The inspiration of his life and spirit survives throughout 
this great Commonwealth of Nations, and the souls of a 
mourning people encircle as with an ocean of love the sacred 
memory of a loved and loving Sovereign. 

Now o'er the Isles the winds are softly moaning, 
Seeking a monarch, gone to his last sleep ; 

Now on the seas the waves are rolling, rolling, 
Calling for one who loved the mighty deep. 

From all the earth our heartfelt prayers ascended 
On wings of hope to highest Heaven they soared ; 

Now we must learn to say in meek submission, 

"Not this, our will, but Thine be done, Oh Lord." 

Death of a king, whom all the world has honoured ; 

Death of a man, beloved from shore to shore ; 
This is the death, that in its wake of glory 

Points through our grief, to life forever more. 

—P. M. C. 

Following established precedent — instructions were issued 
to the Grand Superintendents — that a period of mourning is 
to be observed in all Chapters of this Jurisdiction for a period 
of six months. 

Long Live the King. 

With the death of his illustrious father, King George V — 
the sceptre passed into the hand of His Most Gracious Majesty 
Edward VIII, who by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, 


Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the seas, was pro- 
claimed with traditional ceremony King, Defender of the 
Faith, and Emperor of India. 

We affirm our loyalty to the Crown and Person of our Liege 
Lord and Ruler. May his reign be long, peaceful, and happy. 
He brings to the throne all those lovable traits of Character, 
those gifts of heart and mind, which for many years have en- 
deared him to his people. May he be sustained in wisdom and 
well-being and live long to reign over us, is our earnest and 
devout prayer. As Prince of Wales he firmly established him- 
self in the hearts and affections of the people of Canada. His 
winning personality and friendly smile are cherished re- 
membrances of his several visits to this country. We yield to 
none in our allegiance and loyal devotion to him as our 
Sovereign Lord — the King. 

Amendments to By-Laws. 

During the year amendments to the By-Laws of the follow- 
ing chapters were considered and finally approved by me: 

Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, Kingston. 

Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe, Ont. 

Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa, Ont. 

Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait, Ont. 

Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby, Ont. 

Victoria Chapter, No. 27, Port Hope, Ont. 

King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington, Ont. 

Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort William, Ont. 

The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, Toronto, Ont. 

Ionic Chapter, No. 168, Campbellford, Ont. 

Victoria Chapter, No 205, Thornhill, Ont. 

The Northern Lights Chapter, No. 212, Timmins, Ont. 

Aurora Chapter, No. 235, Aurora, Ont. 

University Chapter, No. 241, Toronto, Ont. 

McKay Chapter, No. 243, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

Toronto Districts — Welfare Work. 

It is with pardonable pride that I refer to the commendable 
activity of the Chapters of the two Toronto Districts. They 
have for some years past sought to demonstrate in a practical 
manner the great lessons of service so generously inculcated 
in our ritualistic work. That their efforts have been crowned 
with well-deserved success is best evidenced by the eagerness 


of the Companions generally to enroll as active workers. I 
am of the opinion that this humanitarian work should be en- 
couraged and feel assured that other districts particularly in 
the larger and more densely populated centres, will be in- 
terested to learn more of this form of Chapter activity. We 
are told that unselfish acts and kindly deeds provide the most 
radiant epoch in the biography of the Soul. Surely the Wel- 
fare Committee of Toronto are writing a new page in the 
history of unselfish service to others. To assist other districts 
in organizing along similar lines should they care to do so, I 
am of the opinion that the Toronto Companions will be happy 
to co-operate by supplying speakers who will furnish ail 
necessary information, and give the benefit of their experience 
in the matter of organization. 

Grand Superintendents. 

I particularly desire to record my personal thanks to those 
distinguished Royal Craftsmen who so worthily represented 
me in the various districts. During the year I contacted with 
most of them and found in every case a companion who was 
not only imbued with the importance of his office, but was 
giving generously of his time, energy and talents to further 
the cause of Royal Arch Masonry. 

With unflagging zeal and a genuine desire to serve, these 
Companions have laboured diligently in the quarries of the 
Royal Craft and by their example have influenced others to 
do likewise. Surely they should have emblazoned upon their 
banners the Knightly motto "Semper Fidelis," for "Ever 
Faithful" appropriately describes their efforts. A generous 
portion of any success attained during the past twelve months 
may be quite properly attributed to their splendid leadership. 

To those who may at this Convocation be installed as their 
successors may I strongly urge that every effort be made to 
complete their reports and see that the annual returns from 
the Chapters in their districts are forwarded to the Grand 
Scribe E. in such time as shall enable those committees who 
have to deal with statistics and other matters dependent upon 
these reports to complete their task without undue haste. 

For some years past delay in furnishing these statistical 
reports have seriously retarded the preparatory work of Grand 
Chapter and I am hopeful that the new Grand Superintendents 
may so arrange their district affairs that we shall have no 
further cause for complaint. 

I also recommend that Grand Superintendents in inspect- 
ing the books and records of Chapters under their control, 


shall definitely sign and date such books and records to indicate 
that such inspection has been made. 

Attention of all past and present Grand Chapter Officers 
should be drawn to the fact that the constitution clearly sets 
forth the regalia of their respective offices and that it is most 
desirable that upon all occasions that they should wear not 
only the sash and apron but also the collar to which is ap- 
pended the Jewel of their office or past office as the case may be. 


Vacancies having occurred in the Representatives of other 
Grand Bodies near the Grand Chapter of Canada, it was with 
much pleasure that I nominated the following, whose appoint- 
ments were in due course confirmed : 

New Brunswick — R. Ex. Comp. Morgan Griffith. 
Massachusetts — V. Ex. Comp. Archibald J. Stringer. 
North Dakota — R. Ex. Comp. J. A.. Burnett. 
Quebec — M. Ex. Comp. G. L. Gardiner. 

Upon the recommendation of M. Ex. Comp. Albert G. 
Johnson I was most happy to commission Ex. Comp. Guy R. 
Van Sickle to represent this Grand Chapter near the Grand 
Chapter of the State of North Dakota. 

I am constrained at this time to stress the importance of 
Representatives not only keeping a close contact by corres- 
pondence with the Sister Jurisdictions which they have the 
honour to represent — but also to strongly emphasize the duty 
they owe to those who have placed their trust in them as their 
Representatives. Their regular attendance at the annual 
Convocation of this Grand Chapter is necessary if they are 
to fulfill the duties for which they were appointed. I am of 
the opinion that Companions who thus fail in their duty are 
not providing the expected representation and continued 
absence should be sufficient cause for a withdrawal of their 
Commission and the selection of another and more active 


Many requests for dispensations were received during the 
year. As the majority of these merely cover routine matters 
I shall not enumerate them as undoubtedly they will appear 
in the Grand Scribe E.'s Report. 

I should, however, mention the exceptions. A Chapter 
made application for the conferring of degrees on a Brother 


who had lost his left arm below the elbow — finding many pre- 
cedents and believing that this physical disability should not 
debar an otherwise very desirable applicant, I granted the 
necessary dispensation 

A Chapter requested dispensation for the wearing of Royal 
Arch Regalia at a Masonic funeral. I was reluctantly forced 
to decline the dispensation on the grounds that Masonic 
funerals are strictly a Craft function. 

I observed with much pleasure that many requests for dis- 
pensations were for the purpose of permitting Chapters to 
attend Divine Service. I can think of nothing that is better 
calculated to bring to the forefront the religious side of our 
Order and have learned with much satisfaction that all of 
these services were largely attended. 

Long Service Jewels 

May I refer with great respect to the many veterans who 
during the year received their "Age with Honour" Jewels. I 
regret that circumstances beyond my control prevented me 
from personally officiating at all of these presentations, but 
in each case Grand Chapter was worthily represented by Right 
Excellent W. Y. Mills, the Grand Second Principal; Most 
Excellent Companion Edwin Smith and other distinguished 
Royal Craftsmen who were most happy to undertake this 
pleasing duty. 

With no desire to make distinctions I, however, feel that 
special reference should be made to V. Excellent Companion 
William Smeaton, no doubt one of the oldest living Masons. 
He received his degrees in Febraury, 1868 — was First 
Principal of Prince Edward Chapter, Picton, in 1878, he cele- 
brated his 101st birthday last year and now, mellowed -by the 
stealing hours of time, is living a peaceful and contented life 
in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

We honour to-day some Companions who have served 
fifty-five years, others fifty and a greater number twenty-five 
years. Think of it, a life-time of Masonic service. Surely 
these records provide an inspiration to those younger members 
who falter after a few short years of Masonic activity. What 
a treasure store of priceless memories, and a wealth of useful 
knowledge and experience is clothed -in these men with their 
broad perspective of long, long years. They bring us the 
wisdom of age and understanding. May the Giver-of -all-Good 
bless and keep them safely under His protecting care and 
vouchsafe for them many years of health and happiness. 


Fifty-Five Years. 

Ex. Companion E. H. D. Hall, Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, 
Peterboro, Ont. 

Fifty Years. 

V. Ex. Companion Wm. Smeaton, Prince Edward Chapter, 
No. 31, Picton, Ont. 

Twenty-Five Years. 

Ex. Comp. A. L. Simmie, St. John's Chapter, No. 3, Lon- 
don, Ont. 

Ex. Companion C. Mikel, The Moira Chapter, No. 7, Belle- 
ville, Ont. 

R. Ex. Companion Jno. Boyd; V. Ex. Companion E. J. 
Everett; Ex. Companion R Kerr; Ex. Companion A. E. 
McDonlad, Ex. Companion Geo. Wenino; R. Ex. Companion 
0. S. Clark ; R. Ex. Companion W. J. Barrie, Wawanosh Chap- 
ter, No. 15, Sarnia, Ont. 

Ex. Companion H. Hoffman ; Ex. Companion C. F. Misner, 
Ex. Comp. L. F. Aiken. Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe, Ont. 

V. Ex. Companion W. G. Irwin, Tecumseh Chapter, No. 
24, Stratford, Ont. 

R. Ex. Companion C. T. -Stephens, Ex. Comp. A. W. 
Lawrence, Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood, Ont. 

R. Ex. Companion J. F. Grierson; Ex. Companion E. W. 
Drew, Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa. 

R. Ex. Companion G. W. Morden ; R. Ex. Companion C. C. 
Spencer, Ex. Comp. E. W. Carr, Prince Edward Chapter, No. 
31, Picton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Companion J. H. Cowan, Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, 
Gait, Ont. 

Ex. Companion R. W. Smart; Ex. Companion F. H. 
Brown; Ex. Companion G. N. Taylor, Victoria Chapter, No. 
37, Port Hope, Ont. 

Ex. Companion H. A. Wood, Mt. Sinai Chapter, No. 55, 
Napanee, Ont. 

Ex. Companion J. W. Mitchell, Sussex Chapter, No. 59, 
Brockville, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. Chas. F. Farrell, Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, 
Grimsby, Ont. 


R. Ex. Companion M. B. Squire; R. Ex. Companion R. H. 
Revell ; R. Ex. Companion Jno. Sale ; R. Ex. Companion H. T. 
Copus; V. Ex. Companion E. H. Nairn; Ex. Companion J. H. 
Rodd ; Ex. Companion W. B. Haggart ; Ex. Companion D. P. 
Turnbull, Ark Chapter, No. 90, Windsor, Ont. 

Ex. Companion E. A. Richard, Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, 
Aylmer, Ont. 

R. Ex. Companion A. P. Freed, Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, 
Port Arthur, Ont. 

Ex. Companion N. Lindsay, McNabb Chapter, No. 88. 
Dresden, Ont. 

R. Ex. Companion C. N. Schnarr, Golden Chapter, No. 90. 
Kenora, Ont. 

R. Ex. Companion C. L. Davidson; Ex. Companion A. M. 
Fulton ; Ex Companion S. Johnston, Midland Chapter, No. 94. 
Lindsay, Ont. 

Ex. Companion G. M. Gorrell, St. John's Chapter, No. 112, 
Morrisburg, Ont. 

Ex Companion E. V. Elvidge, Covenant Chapter, No. 113, 
Cornwall, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. John M. Coombs, St. Francis Chapter, No. 
133, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

Ex. Companion H. Pacey, St. Andrew's Chapter, No. 138. 
Havelock, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. 0. L. Morrow, Presque 'He Chapter, No. 144, 
Brighton, Ont. 

Ex. Companion D. A. Irvine, St. John's Chapter, No. 148, 
Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

M. Ex. Companion J. E. Johnson ; R. Ex. Companion T. H. 
Baker; R. Ex. Companion F. E. Harley, London Chapter, No. 
150, London, Ont. 

Special Committees. 

At the last Convocation of Grand Chapter recommendation 
was made and duly approved that committees be appointed to 
deal with certain matters of vital importance. I appointed 
these committees and anticipate with much interest their 
various reports. 

I sincerely trust that the time is not far distant when we 
may return to the old order of things and follow the consti- 
tutional requirements of a two-day session. I am strongly of 
the opinion that the dignity of this Grand Body has suffered 


in our efforts to complete the business of the agenda in the 
shortened time at our disposal. With no desire to interfere 
with the prerogative of those charged with the responsibility 
of our fiscal affairs I trust that a favourable financial statement 
may soon enable them to give serious consideration to the mat- 
ter of returning to a two-day session, when we may have more 
time to deliberate upon matters that come before Grand Chap- 
ter, more time to spend with our honoured and distinguished 
guests, more time to fraternize one with the other and in so 
doing derive the full benefit of that fraternal intercourse which 
in the past has always characterized our Convocations. 


I should like to bring before Grand Chapter the question 
of Masonic education In these days we find our membership 
reaching out far and beyond the charted course laid down by 
our ancient Brethren. They seek a more definite knowledge of 
our language, history and tradition. No longer content to 
accept without mental reservation all that pertains to our 
philosophy, our esoteric work and doctrines, we find the trend 
is toward more light. May I remind you that our Mother 
Grand Lodge, being seized with the importance of satisfying 
this quest for greater knowledge, has for some years past been 
carrying on a splendid work. As a result the Masons of this 
province have had placed at their disposal a generous store of 
Masonic Literature which, while centred in the Masonic 
Library in Toronto, is accessible to Masons everywhere within 
the jurisdiction. Investigation proves that this privilege is 
being enthusiastically exercised and the Craft Masons of the 
province are reading by means of this circulating library 
Masonic literature that has heretofore been difficult and ex- 
pensive for the individual to obtain. 

The Craft is not only the foundation of all Masonry but its 
members provide the very life-blood of the Royal Arch, and as 
Masonic education in Craft Masonry has been taken up with 
avidity by Brethren generally it seems but fitting that some 
provision should be made whereby they may continue their 
researches into the realm of the Capitular degrees. The result 
will undoubtedly prove an increased interest in the Holy Royal 
Arch. With the object of furthering the best interest of this 
branch of Masonry I recommend that a grant of $50.00 be 
made to the Library Committee of the Grand Lodge of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario for the purchase of books dealing 
with Royal Arch Masonry. I further recommend that a com- 


mittee of three be appointed to act with the Grand Lodge com- 
mittee in the selection of such books and also to consider ways 
and means of taking advantage of the Library facilities of 
Grand. Lodge. They will also consider the benefits to be de- 
rived from some form of education that shall carry a more 
definite knowledge of the Royal Craft to those who seek more 
light and whose course of studies and reading end at the pre- 
sent time with symbolic Masonry. This committee to report 
at the next annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

In Conclusion. 

I should like to say that whatever the achievements for the 
year may have been they are the result of the united, whole- 
some and progressive service which the various forces of our 
fraternity have rendered together. Well can I picture the 
complete isolation of any man who, having attained the high 
and important office of Grand First Principal, feels that in 
himself he is all-sufficient. Woe to him if he loses or re- 
linquishes the "shoulder to shoulder" and "heart to heart" con- 
tact with his associates, for without their assistance and sup- 
port he falls far short of the high standard of leadership which 
his Companions have every justification to expect. 

May I in terms of appreciation refer to my colleagues of 
Grand Chapter — a generous evidence of altruistic co-operation 
perhaps expresses their efforts better than any other words I 
may use. They discharged the duties of their respective 
offices efficiently and at all times in the best interest of Royal 
Arch Masonry. In administrating the affairs of this Grand 
Body no leader could ask for or expect to receive a greater 
measure of support and encouragement than that which was 
so willingly accorded to me during the year by the Officers 
and Past Grand First Principals. Just another indication of 
that Esprit de Corps — without which no organization of this 
character can hope to succeed. 

I may be pardoned if I particularize by making reference 
to the assistance rendered by the Grand Scribe E., and his 
office. Most Excellent Companion Smith is the concentrated 
embodiment of Masonic Knowledge and I extend to him my 
sincere thanks for his unstinted support. His personal sacri- 
fices, his unswerving loyalty, his interest and enthusiasm all 
helped to ease the burden, and if during the year anything 
worth-while has been accomplished I cheerfully acknowledge 
his right to the major portion of any credit that may be due. 

Companions, let me leave with you this thought — Royal 
Arch Masonry depends for its influence among men, for its 


prestige in the world, for its very life, upon the power that 
lives and manifests itself in the daily life of all who range 
themselves under our banners. No institution is stronger, 
better or more virtuous than are the members who compose 
it. Let us not be unmindful that it means something to be a 
Royal Arch Mason, for our beloved Royal Craft stands for 
ideals, for thinking, for character, not in the abstract and 
general, but in the concrete and individual. The character of 
a man is as the golden sunlight streaming through stained 
glass windows — it beautifies, it enriches and exalts, it is the 
true expression of the Soul. As the strength of our Order 
quite properly is determined by tne character of its adherents, 
let us demonstrate that strength by clean and upright living, 
by honesty of purpose, kindness, charity, tolerance to others, 
and above all, by a rigid observance of those fundamental 
principles of good-citizenship laid down for our guidance in 
the volume of the Sacred Law. 

And finally, my Companions, let us lift our hearts in grati- 
tude to the Most High for His manifold blessings, for the 
harmony that has prevailed within our walls, for such good 
as we may have accomplished, and as His Blessing has attended 
us hitherto, let us pray that it may abide with us. Let us not 
dwell upon the glories of the past, nor yet upon the shadows 
that have fallen upon our pathway in recent years, but let us 
look forward with expectancy to further blessings, and for all 
that has been and is to come — take courage and thank God. 
Faithfully and fraternally, 

Grand Z. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Walter H. Davis, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Haentschel, and — 

Resolved, — That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred 
to the Executive Committee to report thereon during the present Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter. 


The Reports of the Grand Superintendents of Districts 
were then presented. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with great pleasure, that I make my report of St. Clair 
District, No. 1, Royal Arch Masonry, for the year 1935. 

Permit me to express my sincere thanks and appreciation 
to the Grand Z. and the Companions of this District for the 
distinguished honour conferred on me. I trust that I have 
been able to discharge the duty encumbent upon me in such a 
manner as to justify the confidence and trust reposed. 

During the year, I visited every Chapter in the district and 
on every occasion was received in the most cordial and 
fraternal manner. 

The Officers of the different Chapters are all without ex- 
ception very well skilled and carry out their duties in a digni- 
fied manner. The Scribes' E. are to be specially congratulated 
because of the large amount of work they accomplish. 

It is pleasing to report that in Windsor, both Chapters have 
had several candidates, and I am sure the depression period is 
now being left behind, and that more prosperous times are 

April 10th I made my first official visit in this District to 
Thomas Peter's Chapter, No. 250, Windsor. This was their 
6th Anniversary. There was a very large turnout of Com- 
panions and visitors, perhaps due to my Scotch nationality. I 
think all the Scotch Companions in Windsor were present. 
The Holy Royal Arch Degree was exemplified in a very digni- 
fied manner. The officers are to be congratulated on the 
effiicency of their work. Also, Bro. Bill, Scribe E., on his 
excellent summons, and the capable manner in which he is 
bringing in the arrears of his Chapter. The Books, Accounts 
and Finances are in good shape. 

April 15th I again visited Windsor, this time to Ark Chap- 
ter, No. 80. There were no fewer than 5 Past District Grand 
Superintendents present. This Chapter is greatly improving 
and much credit is due Ex. Comp. J. W. Ratcliffe, Jr. Z., and 
Ex. Comp. W. R. Bricker, Scribe E. They have had quite a 
few candidates this year. The Holy Royal Arch Degree was 
exemplified in a manner well becoming the solemnity of the 

April 24th I visited MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden, 
and they conferred the Mark Degree on a candidate in the 
person of the Rev. R. H. Parr. I was pleased to see the Clergy- 


man coming into Capitular Masonry as I feel sure his ministry 
will be greatly benefitted thereby. 

May 1st found me at Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome. 
There were only 15 Companions present including four 
visitors. This Chapter is not in a very favourable condition 
financially, but I am hoping that in the very near future it will 

May 6th I visited King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, Leaming- 
ton. This Chapter needs candidates badly. Their officers are 
all very enthusiastic but the times seem to be against them. 
I was pleased to meet R. Ex. Comp. Dr. R. Hillier, P.D.G.S. 
of this District, who presented me with a beautiful book, en- 
titled "Visiting Scotland Again", which was appreciated. 

May 9th I visited Wellington Chapter, No. 47, Chatham. 
The Mark Degree was exemplified in a very impressive man- 
ner. This Chapter does its work very well due to the steady- 
ing influence of Ex. Comp. C. H. Waghorne. He was honoured 
with the 1st Principal's Chair for 2 years and is a trier all 
the time. 

May 14th I visited my own Chapter, Sombra, No. 153. I 
was introduced by His Worship the Mayor R. Ex. Comp. E. U. 
Dickenson, P.D.G.S. I felt highly honoured indeed also by the 
splendid reception I received. The Officers conferred the Most 
Excellent Master Degree in a very impressive manner. Much 
credit is due Ex. Comp. Alex. Bruce, my District Secretary. 
Although they have not had any candidates for some time. 
He has his officers all up to the scratch and practice con- 
tinually and can confer any of the degrees. This Chapter 
opens punctually at 8 o'clock, an act which should be copied 
by all Chapters, as it permits every Companion to get home at 
a reasonable hour. 

June 5th found me at Blenheim Chapter, No. 229, Blen- 
heim, when I witnessed the Holy Royal Arch Degree. This 
Degree was very well done; a number of Past Principals 
taking part to a great advantage. There were many visitors 
and Companions present. This was one of the very best 
exemplifications of this degree it has been my privilege to 
witness. Great credit is due Ex. Comp. Mooney and all the 
officers. Truly it was a night to be long remembered. 

June 17th, at Ridgetown, the Mark Degree was exemplified 
by the officers of Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown. The 
steadying influence of R. Ex. Comp. E. V. Bingham is greatly 
appreciated in this Chapter. 


October 4th my last official visit of the Chapters in my Dis- 
trict found me at Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 71, Amherst- 
burg. There was no Degree work, so I gave an address on 
Capitular Masonry. Quite a few of the officers are sailing 
most of the time and it seems very hard to get them together. 
The 1st Principal was absent, he being a Captain on one of the 
Lake boats. There were quite a number of visitors from 
Windsor, also from Wallaceburg. There are too many Com- 
panions in arrears of dues in this Chapter. 

Special Occasions 

May 20th, along with Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, 
G.S.E., I visited Ark Chapter, Windsor, when eight 25-year 
Veteran Jewels and 23 Life Memberships were presented by 
the G.S.E. I was honoured with a visit of my father, Com- 
panion Wm C. Laing, from Carron Chapter, No. 478, from 
Scotland, who accompanied me on several of my visits during 
his vacation. He expressed his sincere regards for all the 
kindnesses shown him by the Companions in the District. 

May 22nd I again visited MacNabb Chapter, Dresden, 
when Wellington Chapter, of Chatham, conferred the Most 
Excellent Master's Degree in a very impressive manner. 
Many visitors and Companions were present. 

June 22nd I was specially invited to Ark Chapter, Windsor, 
when Kalamazoo Chapter, No. 13, Michigan, conferred the 
Holy Royal Arch Degree under the direction of Ex. Companion 
T. A. Taylor, High Priest. This degree was very interesting 
to the Canadian Companions; many Companions and visitors 
being present. I must give special praise to Principal 
Sojourner Comp. David De Meyer. He has done this work 
for over 50 years and still feels young at it. Truly a figure 
in Capitular Masonry that every young Companion on this 
side of the border should try to emulate. There were five Grand 
Chapter Officers of the State of Michigan present. No need 
to mention them individually, but we were delighted to have 
them with us and hope they will favour us again with another 
visit. There were 107 at the banquet, including our own Grand 
Scribe E., Edwin Smith. My congratulations to Ark Chapter, 
Windsor, for their splendid efforts in the interests of Capitular 

Chapter of Instruction 

Sept. 26th I directed a Chapter of Instruction in Wallace- 
burg under the auspices of Sombra Chapter, No. 153, G.R.C. 
This event was very successful and instructive, nearly all the 


Chapters taking part. The Mark Degree was conferred by 
Sombra Chapter, at 2.30, in a splendid manner This Degree 
was very ably criticized by Past Grand Supt. R. Ex. Comp. 
A. S. H. Cree, who also gave a very instructive address on the 
Degree. The Most Excellent Master Degree was conferred by 
Wellington Chapter, No. 47. This team works very smoothly 
together and do their work well. This Degree was criticized 
by Very Excellent Comp. Edgar McCubbin. At 6.30 a banquet 
was held in the basement of the Knox Presbyterian Church, 
Wallaceburg, R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred G. Laing, Grand Supt., 
presiding. The basement and tables were very beautifully 
decorated with the Royal Arch Colours, also the head table 
with the Grand Chapter Colours. The address of the evening 
was given by Most Ex Comp. Edwin Smith. The toast to the 
King was given by Past District Grand Supt., Major Dr. Reil 
Hillier, who is a Veteran of long standing, having fought under 
three Sovereigns, and how he can give this toast. This toast 
was enthusiastically received, all the Companions standing and 
singing the National Anthem. The Toast to the Most Ex. 
Grand Z. was given by R. Ex. Comp. A. S. H. Cree, P.D.G- 
Supt. The Toast to the Grand Chapter of Canada was given 
by R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred G. Laing, G. Supt. The programme 
consisted of several speeches by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Empey, 
of Mitchell, and others. Three little Scotch dancers gave 
several numbers accompanied by Piper Pearson which were 
greatly enjoyed. The Holy Royal Arch Degree was opened 
at 8.15 p.m. by Sombra Chapter, when the Grand Officers were 
introduced by His Worship the Mayor of Wallaceburg, R. Ex. 
Comp. E. U. Dickenson, P.D.G.S. Grand Honours were given 
to Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, G.S.E., and his staff. The 
Ploly Royal Arch Degree was worked by Thomas Peter's 
Chapter, No. 250, Windsor. They were accompanied by their 
piper, who played them into the Chapter room. They also 
brought their own candidates with them. This degree was 
beautifully presented and ably criticized by R. Ex. Comp. 
E. U. Dickenson and Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith. The two 
candidates were presented with two of Sombra Chapter Ma- 
sonic Pennies as a memento of the occasion. The labours of 
the evening being ended the Chapter was closed by Ark Chap- 
ter, No. 80, of Windsor, and I feel sure this Chapter of In- 
struction proved itself to be very beneficial and instructive. 

Sept. 29th MacNabb Chapter, of Dresden, held a Divine 
Service in the United Church, Dresden, which was largely at- 
tended. Comp. Rev. R. H. Parr occupied the pulpit and R. Ex. 
Comp. Wilfred G. Laing, Grand Supt., gave two solos. 


Oct. 14th, along with my District Scribe, E. Ex. Comp. 
Alex. Bruce and several Companions from Sombra Chapter, 
we visited Wawanosh Chapter, Sarnia, in the London District, 
No. 2, when they had a reception to the Most Ex. Grand First 
Principal, George L. Gardiner. The Most Ex. the Grand Z. 
gave a very instructive and delightful address. Truly well 
worth going a long way to hear. 

Nov. 2nd, under the auspices of the Wayne County High 
Priests' Association, of Detroit, Michigan, we held an Inter- 
national night in the large Temple, Detroit, when a chosen 
team of Canadian Companions from St. Clair District, No. 1, 
conferred the Holy Arch Degree in a most dignified and ex- 
cellent manner. We had over 100 Canadian Companions with 
us, including R. Ex. Comp. Wilfrid G. Laing, Grand Supt. of 
St. Clair District; Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand S.E.; 
R. Ex. Comp. J. M. Empey, P.G.S.; R. Ex. Comp. A. S. H. 
Cree, P.G.S., and R. Ex. Comp. Jas. B. Henderson, P.G.S. 
Very Ex. Comp. Edgar McCubbin acted 1st Prin, Ex. Comp. 
V. Weatherhead, of Chatham, 2nd Prin., and Ex. Comp. J. A. 
Lillie, Wallaceburg, 3rd Prin., and Ex. Comp. Bogarth, of 
Leamington, Prin. Soj. This meeting was sponsored by 
Sojourners Chapter, Detroit, Ex. Comp. High Priest Jackson 
Kelly presiding. There were 300 Companions present from 
the various Chapters of the State of Michigan. Grand Chap- 
ter Officers of Michigan present were Most Ex. Comp. Wm. 
Senff, Grand High Priest Most Ex. Comp. D. G. Bickford, 
P.G.H.P.; R. Ex. Comp. Guy Birge, G. Prin. Soj.; R. Ex. 
Comp. R. Hunt, Grand Lecturer; also R. Ex. Comp. J. Lance- 
lot Smith, President of Wayne County H. Priests Associa- 
tion of Michigan, and many others. We hope to have a visit 
from them in return, some time in the Spring. The object of 
this meeting was to stimulate interest in Michigan and this 
District among the Companions. 

Dec. 1st a large number of Companions of this District 
joined with the Wayne County, Michigan, Companions, in at- 
tending Divine Service at St. Paul's Cathedral, Detroit, when 
the sermon was preached to the Royal Arch Companions by 
Dean O. Farrell. The Canadian Companions were honoured 
by having the British Flag carried along with the American 
Flag in procession, also the singing of "God Save the King" 
by the congregation at the close of the service. 

Joint Installation 
Thursday evening, Dec. 5th, a joint installation was held at 
Blenheim for Erie Chapter, Blenheim, Wellington, and King 


Cyrus Chapters. Past Grand Superintendents Rev. Stanley 
Cree, Edgar Bingham, Dr. Riel Hillier, Ed. Worth, E. U. 
Dickenson and myself united in performing the ceremony. A 
very large turnout of Companions were present. 

Dec. 10th I had the honour to instal the officers of my own 
Chapter, Sombra, No. 153, also to present the Past Z.'s Jewel 
to Ex. Comp. Alex. Bruce, P.Z. I was ably assisted by R. Ex. 
Comp. E. U. Dickenson, P.D. Supt. 

Dec. 17th we held a meeting in the Masonic Temple, Chat- 
ham, and although not very largely attended it was decided to 
form a Principals' Association in the near future for the pur- 
pose of furthering the interests of Capitular Masonry in an 
educational way. Very Ex. Comp. Wm. Tragenza presided and 
Very Ex Comp. Edgar McCubbin took the minutes and ex- 
plained the objects of the proposed association. 

In conclusion I take this opportunity of expressing my 
sincere appreciation of the hearty co-operation and many 
courtesies extended to me by all concerned during my term of 
office. Particularly do I desire to mention the most efficient 
and valuable assistance rendered by Ex. Comp. Alex. Bruce, 
my District Secretary, who accompanied me on every occasion 
and added greatly to the pleasure of my duties. 

To my successor, I can extend no kinder wish than he 
receive the same degree of co-operation from the Companions 
of the District, and in his turn retire from the office with the 
same happy memories. 

Yours Fraternally and Respectfully, 

Wilfred Geo. Laing, 
Grand Supt. St. Clair District, No. 1. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour and pleasure to submit for your con- 
sideration my report on Capitular Masonry in London Dis- 
trict, No. 2, for the year 1935. 

I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Companions of 
this District for the honour they conferred upon me by elect- 
ing me the Representative of the Most Excellent the Grand Z. 

Everywhere throughout the District I received a most 
pleasant and cordial reception and was given the utmost co- 
operation by each and every Chapter. 

I wish to express my gratitude to the Companions of 
Wawanosh and Hiawatha Chapters for their kindness in ac- 
companying me on my official visits. 

My first official duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. J. H. 
Teasell, of Wawanosh Chapter, No. 155, as District Secretary, 
who accompanied me on all my visits and took charge of all 
the clerical work. I wish to express my sincere thanks and 

St. Paul's Chapter, No. 242, Lambeth. — On April 2nd, 
I made my official visit to this Chapter, accompanied by nine 
Companions of Wawanosh and Hiawatha Chapters. I re- 
ceived a very hearty welcome from Ex. Comp. D. Chapman, 
First Principal. The M.E.M. Degree was conferred in a very 
able manner by the Officers, assisted by a number of Past 
Principals. After the Chapter closed, refreshments were 
served and we enjoyed a very impressive address on Masonry 
given by Companion Rev. Elson, of Arva. 

Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, and Hiawatha Chapter, 
No. 252, Sarnia. — On April 12th, I attended a joint inspection 
of these two Chapters. I was received by Ex. Comp. J. W. 
Christon, First Principal of my Mother Chapter, of Wawanosh 
Chapter, No. 15. The M. M. M. degree was conferred in a 
very efficient and impressive manner. The Officers of 
Wawanosh Chapter conferred the first part and Ex. Comp. 
W. Burgess, First Principal, and his Officers of Hiawatha 
Chapter, the latter part of the degree, assisted by Past Z.'s of 
both Chapters. This was one of the best Chapter meetings 
held in Sarnia for some years. 

Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill. — On the even- 
ing of April 12th, accompanied by fourteen of my home Com- 
panions, I made my official visit to this Chapter. I was 


cordially received by Ex. Comp. George Brewer, First Prin- 
cipal, who with his Officers and a number of Past Z.'s exem- 
plified the degree of The Holy Royal Arch in an excellent 

Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy. — I visited this Chap- 
ter on May 3rd. I was warmly received by Ex. Comp. A. Holt, 
First Principal, who with his Officers exemplified the degree 
of The Holy Royal Arch, in a very creditable manner. Know- 
ing Ex. Comp. Holt and the Immediate Past Principal, Ex. 
Comp. Swales, personally for a number of years, it was very 
gratifying to note the dignity with which they conducted the 
degree. Ex. Comp. Swales acted as Principal Sojourner. 
There were Companions present from Parkhill, London, and 
twenty-one Companions accompanied me from Sarnia. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London. — On May 22nd, I 
made my official visit to this Chapter, accompanied by a num- 
ber of my home Companions. R. Ex. Comp. W. A. 
Wilson, Grand Superintendent of Huron District, No. 6, was 
present. We were received by Ex. Comp. W. R. Whittaker, 
First Principal, who extended us a very hearty welcome. The 
M. M. M. Degree was conferred on two candidates in an excel- 
lent manner. Rev. Comp. Elson gave a most interesting ad- 
dress on China and his travels up the Yang Tse River. 

Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, Aylmer. — I made my official 
visit to this Chapter June 7th, accompanied by fourteen Com- 
panions. I was well received by Ex. Comp. Kaiser, First 
Principal. There being no degree work, we retired to the 
Banquet Hall, and enjoyed a pleasant evening. 

Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas. — On September 
12th, accompanied by nine Companions, I visited this Chapter, 
and was cordially received by Ex. Comp. Berry, acting on be- 
half of Ex. Comp. Gledhill, who was unable to be present be- 
cause of illness in his family. The M. M. M. Degree was 
exemplified in an excellent manner, after which we enjoyed a 
social hour. 

Bruce Chapter, No. 53, Petrolia. — On September 18th, 
I visited this Chapter, accompanied by fourteen Companions, 
and was warmly received by Ex. Comp. George Kirby, who 
with his Officers, assisted by Past Z.'s, exemplified the M. M. M. 
Degree. After Chapter, Comp. Rev. E. W. McKegney ad- 
dressed the Companions on the spirit of Masonry. 

St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London.— I visited this 
Chapter on September 27th, accompanied by twelve Com- 
panions from Sarnia. I was cordially received by Ex. Comp. 


S A. Smith, First Principal. Ex. Comp. Smith, his Officers, 
and Past Z.'s conferred the degree of The Holy Royal Arch, 
and were most proficient in their work. 

The St. Andrew's Chapter, No. 238, London. — On 
October 9th, I visited this Chapter and was warmly received 
by Ex. Comp. Walter Hodge, First Principal, and witnessed the 
conferring of the M. M. M. Degree. This was done in a most 
pleasing manner with several of the Past Z.'s assisting. I was 
accompanied on this visit by nine Companions from Sarnia. 
At the conclusion of the degree a pleasant hour was enjoyed 
by all. 

London Chapter, No. 150, London. — I made my official 
visit, accompanied by nine Companions, on October 15th. I 
was officially received by Ex. Comp. J. Lewis, First Principal. 
The Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred in a pleasing man- 
ner. We enjoyed the pleasure of having with us our Grand 
Scribe E., Most Excellent Companion Edwin Smith, who spoke 
on the Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter to be held in St. 
Catharines, Ontario, in February, 1936. 

Nilestown Chapter, No. 247, Nilestown. — On October 
17th, I visited this Chapter, accompanied by Companions from 
Sarnia. I was cordially received by Ex. Comp. Whitehall, 
First Principal, who with his Officers, assisted by several Past 
Z.'s, conferred the Holy Royal Arch Degree in an excellent 
manner. This is one of the most flourishing Chapters in the 
District. Several Companions were present from Ingersoll and 

Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Inwood. — On November 11th, I 
made my official visit to this Chapter and was warmly received 
by Ex. Comp. J. A. Hartley, First Principal. This was Armis- 
tice Day and concluded my official visits in the District. The 
Mark Master Mason Degree was exemplified in a most able 
manner, after which they held their annual election of officers. 

The Most Excellent the Grand Z.'s Visit. — On Friday, 
October 11th, our Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Com- 
panion George L. Gardiner, made a fraternal visit to London 
District, No. 2. This was held at Sarnia, under the auspices 
of Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15. 

The Grand Z. was escorted into the Chapter Room at 
8 p.m and given Grand Honours. At the close of the Chapter 
the Companions retired to a banqueting hall, where the 
Grand Z. gave a most inspiring and instructive address on 
Capitular Masonry. R. Ex. Comp. 0. S. Clarke, on behalf of 
the Chapters in London District, No. 2, expressed the ap- 


preciation of the District. Past and Ruling Grand Superin- 
tendents were present from several districts. 

Besides my Official Visits I, with a number of my Com- 
panions, attended Divine Services at Parkhill and Inwood, also 
an At Home at Inwood. On Sunday, May 5th, we held a Dis- 
trict Divine Service in St. John's Anglican Church, Sarnia. 
We had a good attendance of Companions with members pre- 
sent from Petrolia and London. Comp. Rev. E. W. McKegney, 
a member of Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, Sarnia, officiated, 
and his address entitled "The Eternal City" was very in- 

On May 21st, Companion R. Rev. Charles A. Seager, Lord 
Bishop of Huron, was installed as Past Principal of London 
Chapter, No. 150. There were twenty-seven Chapters repre- 
sented with a party of about twenty-five Companions from St. 
Paul's Chapter, No. 65, of Toronto, Bishop Seager's Mother 
Chapter, and about the same number from Huron Chapter, 
No. 30, Goderich, his town of birth. The ceremony was con- 
ducted in a very able manner by a team of Right Excellent 
Companions of the Lodon Chapters. A banquet was served in 
the Banquet Hall, where Ex. Comp. Seager gave a very im- 
pressive address in reply to a toast to the newly installed 

On December 11th I attended a joint Installation of St. 
John's Chapter, No. 3 ; St. George's Chapter, No. 5 ; London 
Chapter, No. 150 ; St. Andrew's Chapter, No. 238, of London ; 
St. Paul's Chapter, No. 242, Lambeth, and Nilestown Chapter, 
No. 247, Nilestown, Ontario, held in the Red Room of the 
Masonic Temple, London, Ontario, Right Ex. Comp. Sam 
McCoy acting as Installing Principal, assisted by three Past 
Z.'s from each of the above Chapters. After partaking of a 
wonderful banquet in the dining room, Prof. Fred Landon, of 
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, gave a very 
interesting address on early history of Canada, commencing 
in the year 1841 and leading up to Confederation, and the 
building of the Canadian Pacific Railway through to British 

On December 13th, 1935, I had the honour and privilege 
to instal Ex. Comp. R. A. McGeachy and his Officers of Wa- 
wanosh Chapter, No. 15, assisted by R. Ex. Comp. 0. S. Clarke 
and a number of Past Z.'s 

In completing my report I wish to acknowledge the many 
courtesies of our Most Ex. Companion Edwin Smith, Grand 


Scribe E., who was present at several of the Chapters when I 
made my official visits and also at the District Convocation 
held in Sarnia on October 11th, 1935. 

In conclusion, notwithstanding the financial conditions 
through which we are passing, the officers of the fourteen 
Chapters of this District anticipate a better outlook for the 
year 1936. 

I again wish to thank all the Companions of this District 
for the hearty co-operation and assistance given me during 
my official year. May I bespeak for my successor the same 
courtesies I have received in London District, No. 2. 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. E. Strain, 
Grand Supt. London District, No. 2. 
Sarnia, Ontario. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

In submitting my report on the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in Wilson District for the year 1935 I wish to express 
the very great pleasure which this privilege gives to me. 

At the outset I take the opportunity of tendering to the 
Companions of Wilson District my grateful appreciation of 
the honour conferred on me in having me represent the Grand 
First Principal in the District and to the Most Excellent the 
Grand First Principal, who confirmed my appointment as 
Grand Superintendent of the District. Because of the interest 
of these Companions I have enjoyed the happiest year in a 
very active Masonic career. As Grand Superintendent I was 
very fortunate in securing the services of Ex. Comp. Gordon 
Alexander Bowden as District Secretary. No Grand Superin- 
tendent could have been served better. 

On every official visit of inspection I had the unusual 
privilege in these times of restricted pecuniary circulation of 
seeing a degree conferred on an actual candidate. The work 
in every case was well done. I wish to commend the practice 
which prevails throughout the District of making the three 
Principals responsible for a degree each. The Third Principal 
superintends the work of the M.M.M. degree; the Second Prin- 
cipal becomes conversant with M.E.M. degree, while the First 
Principal presides over the work of the R,oyal Arch. 

The harmony and associations between the various Chap- 
ters are cordial and the interest of the Companions in the 
activities of Capitular Masonry outside of the district was 
demonstrated on several occasions, particularly in the splendid 
representation of all the Chapters in the District at London 
when the Bishop of Huron, Ex. Comp. C. A. Seager, was in- 
stalled as a Past Principal of London Chapter, and again at 
Stratford and at Guelph when the Grand First Principal, Most 
Excellent Companion George L. Gardiner, visited the neigh- 
bouring Districts. These visits were exceedingly profitable 
and served to augment the courage and optimism of the Com- 
panions at this time when numerical strength is not the sole 
criterion of success. 

My associations with the Grand Superintendents of the 
adjacent districts has been very amicable. R. Ex. Comps. 
Wint. Wilson, of Huron District; Fred Edwards, of Welling- 
ton District, and Lome McDougall, of Hamilon District, were 


present at several Convocations which I attended. While I 
made more visits outside of Wilson District these Convocations 
were of particular interest to me. 

In Wilson District I was able to visit each Chapter twice 
and two Chapters five times. I was pleased to accompany 
Brant Chapter, Paris, on visit to Preston, and I attended a 
Convocation of Hamilton Chapter when the junior Chapter of 
the jurisdiction — Regal Chapter, Port Dover, conferred the 
work in an able manner. The Companions evidenced keen in- 
terest in my expositions of phases of Capitular Masonry and 
then all the Chapters of the District exended an invitation to 
me to instal the officers. 

Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford. — The first 
official visit was made to my mother Chapter on March 1st. 
Ex. Comp. Rose extended a welcome and I was properly re- 
ceived as the representative of the Grand First Principal. 
Under the direction of Ex. Comp. C. S. Wood, the M.E.M 
degree was conferred in accord with the standard which I 
would like to see a Chapter maintain. On September 6th and 
on November 1st I addressed this Chapter and installed the 
officers, with the assistance of many Past Principals, on 
December 6th. 

Brant Chapter, No. 115, Paris. — This Chapter was 
visited on May 10th, on the occasion of the visit of Tecumseh 
Chapter, Stratford; on April 16th, when the officers of Preston 
Chapter conferred the M.E.M. Degree. On Oct. 6th, Brant 
Chapter held a Capitular Masonic Church Service in Paris 
United Church, and on December 11th I installed the officers 
of this active and progressive Chapter. 

Rekjal Chapter, No. 253, Port Dover. — The youngest 
Chapter in the jurisdiction is mature when the attributes of 
this ''bee-hive of industry" are concerned. These Companions 
have been able to accomplish things which few Chapters have 
had an opportunity to do. On my visit of inspection to this 
Chapter on May 8th, I had the rare opportunity of seeing Ex. 
Comp. Norman Holden and his efficient Thrid Principal, Ex. 
Comp. Brock, confer the M.M.M. degree on the fourth son of 
a Companion of the Chapter. Companion Barrett and his four 
splendid sons are now Companions of this Chapter. Later in 
the year this Chapter conferred the three degrees on a Com- 
panion who is eighty-four years young. This Companion was 
quite enthusiastic in regard to the forward step which he had 
made in Masonry in his latter years. On Oct. 30th I witnessed 


the excellent work of this Chapter during a visit to Hamilton 
Chapter. On Dec. 11-th I installed the officers of Royal 

Ezra. Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe. — On May 16th I made the 
official visit of inspection to Ezra Chapter. Ex. Comp. 
Robertson extended an appropriate welcome to the repre- 
sentative and conferred the M.E.M. Degree in a very credit- 
able manner. Regret was expressed regarding the illness of 
the Second Principal, Ex. Comp. Mclnally, who was obliged 
to retire through an accident. The relics of this Masonic 
centre close to the scenes of the life and labours of the first 
Most Excellent Campanion William Mercer Wilson are of 
particular interest to the keen student of Masonic History. I 
installed the officers of Ezra Chapter on December 19th. 

Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock. — Is the Senior 
Chapter of the District. I paid a visit of inspection to this 
Chapter on May 17th. Honours were accorded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Moorison. The valiant Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. Mont- 
gomery, is a strong backfield in advancing the interests of this 
Chapter. Ex. Comp. D. J. McLeod directed the work of the 
M.M.M. Degree in a very able manner. The interest is mani- 
fested by the non-resident officers who come some distance to 
attend the Convocations. 

Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll. — Harris Chapter 
maintains a splendid policy of association with the Companions 
of the other Chapters in the vicinity. These visits are at- 
tractive and serve a very commendable Masonic purpose. On 
June 16th I visited Ingersoll on the occasion of the Wilson 
District Church Parade. Many Chapters in London District 
were also represented at Ingersoll. Very Ex. Comp. Wilson 
and those in charge of the services had every detail well or- 
ganized and they were, no doubt, much pleased with the suc- 
cess of the undertaking. The annual Church Parade should 
be recognized as an annual event in the activities of the entire 
district. On October 11th I made an official visit of inspection 
to Harris Chapter, where I was properly received. At the con- 
clusion of the work of the evening I was pleased to commend 
the Second Principal, Ex. Comp. Winlaw, on the impressive 
manner in which he had conducted the working of the M.E.M. 

Throughout the district the work of that very important 
officer, the Scribe E., seems to be quite satisfactory in every 
Chapter. The books are neatly kept, and efficient methods are 
employed in keeping records. Each Scribe E. is keeping a re- 


cord of the rituals. In every Chapter arrears of dues are in 
evidence, but this feature is not due to the neglect of the 
officers or in many cases at least to a waning interest in Capitu- 
lar Masonry on the part of the Companions. Each officer can 
site cases of those Masonic brethren who are ready to advance 
in Masonry if the financial situation would become, as they 
consider, normal. During the period of the dearth of candi- 
dates the Companions are maintaining the efficiency of the 
Chapters in ritualistic work by repeated exemplification of 
the work of the various degrees. 

To my successor I can extend no kinder wish than that he 
may receive the same degree of co-operation from the Com- 
panions of the District which I have received, and that at the 
end of his term of office he may retire with the same happy 
memories as I do. 

Yours fraternally, 

R. W. E. McFadden, 
Grand Supt. Wilson District, No. 3. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I beg to submit my report on the Condition of Capitulary 
Masonry in Wellington District, No. 4. 

Allow me first to express my sincere appreciation to the 
Grand Z. and Companions of this District for the distinguished 
honour conferred on me. I have endeavoured to discharge my 
incumbent duties to the best of my ability and I hope in a 
way to justify the confidence and trust reposed in me. 

Ex. Comp. A. F. Beetiestone, twice Principal of Enter- 
prise Chapter, very kindly acted as my Secretary, and with 
R. Ex. Comp. Barton accompanied me on all my visits, which 
I greatly appreciated. 

My visits were as follows : 

Waterloo Chapter, No. 40, Galt. — Monday, April 8, ac- 
companied by R. Ex. Comp. R. G. Barton, Ex. Comp. A. F. 
Beetiestone, and others from Palmerston, I was given a most 
hearty welcome and reception by Ex. Comp. W. 0. Beattie and 
the Companions present, including visitors from Paris, Pres- 
ton and Kitchener. The work of the evening was the Royal 
Arch Degree and was conferred by the Officers, assisted by a 
number of Past Principals, in an effective manner. A fine 
spirit was present in this Chapter and R. Ex. Comp. James 
Ritchie has his books in excellent shape. This Chapter lost 
seven through death this year, including R. Ex. Comp. Alfred 
Taylor, Ex. Comp. Dr. James S. Wardlaw, J. W. Combe. 

Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener. — May 17, ac- 
companied by R. Ex. Comp. Barton, Ex. Comps. Beetiestone 
and Morris and two loads of Companions, I paid my official 
visit to Kitchener, where I had previously been honoured with 
my election at Grand Chapter. I was very cordially received 
and welcomed by Ex. Comp. A. C. Mason. Having visited 
Kitchener several times before, as late as March 15 last, when 
R. Ex. Comp. Sidney Forbes, Grand Third Principal, gave an 
address on "The Ancient Land Marks of Masonry" at an open 
meeting at which one hundred Craft Masons were entertained, 
I felt perfectly at home. I was well supported by Past Dis- 
trict Officers and visitors. The work of the evening was the 
M.M.M. Degree, which was conferred in a delightful manner. 
This Chapter, under Ex. Comp. Mason, assisted by R. Ex. 
Comps. A. E. King, M. Downing, Geo. De Kleinhans and others, 
have had a very active year and are to be congratulated. 


I again visited this Chapter Sept. 20, when I was pleased 
to welcome R. Ex. Comp. W. A. Wilson, of Huron District; 
R. Ex. Comp. R. W. McFayden, of Wilson District; R. Ex. 
Comp. M. Griffith of Toronto, and visitors from Port Credit, 
Lambton and Staratford. At this meeting the R.A. Degree 
was conferred. At a later date I accompanied Kitchener 
Chapter on a visit to Port Credit. 

Preston Chapter, No. 245, Preston. — May 20, in com- 
pany with several from my Mother Chapter, I was present 
at this Chapter, when Keystone Chapter, No. 224, of Hamilton, 
accompanied by R. Ex. Comp. Drysdale, exemplified the Most 
Ex. Master Degree. I was also present in Shelburne when 
Preston conferred the M.M.M. Degree on June 14. My official 
visit fell on Monday, June 17, when I was officially introduced 
by my good friend and immediate predecessor R. Ex. Comp. 
M. H. Smith. After being cordially received by Ex. Comp. A. 
Jefkins, the R.A. Degree was conferred in an efficient manner. 
Comp. H. L. Clare, who has since been honoured with a Life 
Membership has been the efficient Scribe in this Chapter since 
its formation. 

On September 16, 1 was again present at a C.N.R. night and 
received along with my good friends, R. Ex. Comps. McFayden 
and Wilson, a most hearty welcome. On all my visits the usual 
hospitality was much in evidence. 

Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville. — Tuesday, June 4, 
I paid my official visit to the banner Chapter of the year in 
this District. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comps. Parkinson 
and Col. J. A. V. Preston, and royally welcomed by Ex. Comp. 
A. H. Woodhand. At this meeting the M.M.M. Degree was 
conferred. Comp. G. B. Hayes is very efficient in his duties 
and the arrears of dues are the lowest in the District. Ionic 
Chapter has shown a net gain of seven for the year, which 
is very creditable and has meant an active year for them. 
Several visitors were present, including R. Ex. Comp. Grant 
Malcolm and Companions from Gait. 

Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston. — Accom- 
panied by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith and R. Ex. Comp. W. 
A. Wilson, of Huron District, I paid my official visit to my 
Mother Chapter, when visitors were present from most of the 
Chapters in the District. The M.M.M. Degree was conferred 
at this convocation. This meeting also marked the Diamond 
Jubilee Commemoration of the institution of Enerprise Chap- 
ter, and at the banquet table M. Ex. Comp. Smih cut the birth- 
day cake with its sixy candles. Much reminiscing was in or- 


der. R. Ex. Comp. R. G. Barton efficiently handled the records 
of this Chapter. Ex. Comp. Yeo, who received a Veteran's 
Jewel a year ago, was taken by death 

Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph.— On Friday, October 
11, I paid my official visit to this Chapter, one of the largest 
in the District. After a cordial reception by Ex. Comp. 
Williamson, the M.M.M. Degree was conferred in a creditable 
manner. Guelph Chapter gave to me the finest co-operation this 
year which I will refer to later. Arrears of dues has been a 
source of trouble to this Chapter, the records of which are 
officially handled by Comp. Gellatly. R. Ex. Comp. Downing 
and Ex. Comp. Mason, of Kitchener, were present. 

Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelburne. — While I 
visited this Chapter on June 14, when the Officers of Preston 
Chapter conferred the M.M.M. Degree, I, accompanied by two 
loads from Enterprise, paid my official visit here on October 
18. I was officially introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Wansborough 
and received by Ex. Comp. A. H. Jelley in a friendly way. The 
H.R.A. Degree was conferred on the candidate started in June 
in an impressive manner. This Chapter, while it suffered a 
decrease in membership, has had an active year. 

Halton Chapter, No. 234, Georgetown. — Accompanied 
by several Companions, I paid my official visit to this Chapter, 
where I was exalted some years back. I was most cordially 
received by Ex. Comp. D. P. Crichton and the Officers and 
Companions. Halton Chapter has suffered from a scarcity of 
candidates, but prospects seem brighter for the future. R. 
Ex. Comp. Downing, of Kitchener; R. Ex. Comps. R. G. 
Conover and W. Davidson, of Brampton, were present. 

Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham. — Monday, Novem- 
ber 18, I paid my official visit to this Chapter and was cordially 
received by Ex. Comp. G. C. Webster. I accompanied Durham 
Chapter to Keystone Chapter, Hamilton, on June 3, when the 
full staff of Officers exemplified the R.A. Degree in an efficient 
manner. Election of Officers was the order of business, on my 
last visit. 

Divine Service 

Sunday, June 2. — Divine Service was held by Enterprise 
Chapter, No. 67, in the Anglican Church at Palmesrton. This 
service was attended by over 100 and was one of the largest 
of any Masonic body for some time. A large number of Grand 
Chapter Officers, Past and Present, were in procession. 

Sunday, Sept. 22. — Divine Service in Shelburne to Knox 
United Church, under auspices of Prince Edward Chapter. 


Sunday, Sept 29. — Divine Service to Knox Presbyterian 
Church, in Guelph, under auspices of Guelph, Preston, Gait 
and Kitchener Chapters. 

During my year of office I have encouraged the attendance 
of Divine Service as an organization, the results being most 

Grand Z. 

We were greatly honoured by a visit of the Most Ex. Grand 
Z. to a district meeting kindly handled by Guelph Chapter, in 
their Masonic Hall, on Nov. 6th, in the form of a reception 
and a dinner, at which time I had the great pleasure of re- 
ceiving our respected leader of Capitular Masonry. Over 200, 
including many well known Craftsmen, were present. Many 
thanks are due to the Guelph Companions R. Ex. Comp. J. F. 
Marr, C. T. Palmer, Ex. Comp. Williamson and others, who 
assisted in putting over such a memorable night in the district. 

I might say that at each time called on at the various meet- 
ings I have endeavoured to leave the Companions something 
to think over and improve the need of True Companionship 
both in and out of our Chapters. Harmony prevails through- 
out the District, visitations are numerous and these help create 
more interest to all who partake. 

To all my predecessors and Past Z.'s I tender my thanks 
for their support during the year, also the Superintendents in 
the neighbouring Districts, Wilson and Huron. 

I visited Tecumseh Chapter on two occasions, one being 
the reception and banquet on behalf of the District to the 
Grand Z. on October 30. I also was present at the Annual 
Grand Chapter Night at Beaver Chapter, on Wednesday, 
October 9, in Toronto. 

I regret to report, numerically we have fallen from 1023 
members to 977 members, but with economic conditions be- 
coming better and a large number of Craft Masons as pros- 
pectives, this district will be in a position to overcome the loss. 

My term of office has been a pleasant one and I respectfully 
bespeak for my successor the same kindly feeling and co- 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

J. Fred Edwards, 
Grand Supt. Wellington District, No. 4. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It affords me pleasure to submit to you my report on con- 
ditions of Capitular Masonry in the Hamilton District, No. 5. 

I wish to express my sincere thanks for the honour con- 
ferred on me by the Companions of Hamilton District, in 
electing me as their Grand Superintendent and to the Chap- 
ters of the District for their kind receptions accorded me on 
my visits, and to the Grand First Principal my deep apprecia- 
tion for the confirmation of my election. 

My first official act was the appointment of Ex. Comp. John 
H. Lee as District Secretary, and to him I tender my most 
grateful thanks for his untiring efforts. 

As details of each Chapter appeared in the separate reports 
of the several visits made, this will be chiefly in the form of 
a general summary. Loyalty to Grand Chapter was every- 
where manifested and suitably expressed. The harmony and 
co-operation among officers and Companions impressed me 
most favourably. The Chapters expect greater prosperity in 
the near future and the zeal and proficiency of the officers in 
the Ritual is a proof of their optimism. 

To the Chapters and Officers for their hearty reception, 
hospitality and appreciation, I hereby express my sincere 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

Lorne Frank McDougall, 
Grand Supt. Hamilton District, No. 5. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

In accordance with established custom, I submit my report 
on the condition of our Royal Craft in Huron District, No. 6, 
for the year 1935, and briefly outline my activities in the 
furtherance of interest therein during the year in which I had 
the honour to represent the Most Excellent Grand First 

May I at the outset thank the District for selecting me as 
their Grand Superintendent and also the Most Excellent for 
confirming their judgment. 

Unlike most Superintendents, I did not appoint a District 
Secretary, as it was my desire to check all the workings and 
books of the constituent Chapters personally, so that I might 
give a conscientious report on the respecive Chapters, and 
offer suggestions here and there when thought advisable. I 
believe that my system is worthy of imitation, as interest in 
the Royal Craft has taken a decided upturn, and while it en- 
tailed much work I might have delegated to a secretary, I am 
convinced that I did not labour in vain, and that while the 
Chapters are numerically smaller than a year ago, they are 
in a much healthier state, as in the process of pruning the 
weaker members were removed, and new growth is beginning 
to show, and a spirit of keen optimism permeates the Chapter 

1 visited each Chapter at least once, and some several times, 
and my official visits were as follows : 

Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford, Sept. 27th. 

Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich, Oct. 15th. 

St. James Chapter, No. 46, St. Marys, April 8th. 

Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine, May 17th. 

Malloch Chapter, No. 66, Seaf orth, June 17th. 

Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham, June 18th. 

Elliott Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell, May 28th. 

Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton, Nov. 5th 

Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Eistowel, Oct. 18th. 

Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow, May 14th. 

Without exception I was cordially received and introduced, 
and the work of the officers was very well done in each in- 
stance, and the general deportment in and about the Chapter 
room in general was all that could be desired, while the hos- 
pitality outside of the Chapter room could not be improved 


upon. I thoroughly enjoyed all of my visits, and I feel that 
good was done to all concerned as a result. 

The outstanding event during my term was Huron Dis- 
trict's reception to Most Ex. Comp. G. L. Gardiner at Strat- 
ford, October 30th, when over 300 Companions attended, in- 
cluding five active Grand Superintendents, over forty past and 
present Grand Chapter Officers, and a large number of visitors 
from adjoining districts. The meeting was very successful, 
we were told, and our gratification was complete, when our 
very able and brilliant leader informed us the meeting was 
one of the best he ever attended. 

At this meting each Chapter in the District had a very 
definite part in the proceedings, and I firmly believe that, as 
a result, Royal Arch Masonry received a great impetus in this 
District as well as the other Districts represented. 

It was my pleasure to attend a reception to the Grand First 
Principal in Sarnia, October 11th, and again in Guelph, 
November 6th, both of which were very successful meetings, 
taken from any angle, and nothing but good can accrue from 

In Wellington District, I attended Divine Service under the 
auspices of Enterprise Chapter, on June 2nd, and visited this 
Chapter again October 8th, on the occasion of the official visit 
of my good friend R. Ex. Comp. J. F. Edwards to his own 
Chapter. Incidentally, this Chapter was celebrating their 60th 
anniversary on this occasion, and a good time was had by all. 
I also visited Kitchener Chapter on Sept. 20th, when several 
Chapters visited them. I also visited Guelph Chapter, Sunday, 
Sept. 29th, at a joint Church Service under the auspices of 
Guelph, Kitchener and Preston Chapters 

In Wilson District, I visited Brant Chapter, Paris, on the 
occasion of R. Ex. Comp. McFadden's visit in the Spring, and 
again visited this Chapter at a church service in the Fall. 

In London District, I visited St. John's Chapter, No. 3, May 
22nd, when R. Ex. Comp. Strain paid his official visit. 

I would have visited more Chapters, but my personal trans- 
portation facilities are limited to a bicycle, and only the 
generosity of my friends permitted the visitations as above. 

I am very grateful to the Grand Scribe E. for his attendance 
at several of the Chapters when I visited officially, and for his 
kindly words of advice and guidance given on all occasions. 

To my Comapnions who transported me hither and yon, I 
owe a debt of gratitude which 1 cannot compute, as without 


their aid I could not have filled the position to my own satis- 
faction, or that of the District. 

In conclusion, may I say that my observations during the 
year, in and out of my District, were such as to give the lie to 
those who say that Royal Arch Masonry is in a decadent stage. 
We are a self-sustaining body, physically, financially and 
fundamentally sound, and our leaders are possessed of that 
vim, vigour and vitality which will not be denied. 

Therefore, let us press on to greater things in the future 
than we have accomplished in the past, ever remembering that 
God is in His Heaven, and all is well. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted,, 

W. A. Wilson, 
Grand Supt. Huron District, No. 6. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with great pleasure, as Grand Superintendent of 
Niagara District, No. ft, that I submit to you my report for the 
year 1935. 

I wish to take this opportunity of expressing my apprecia- 
tion of the honour conferred upon me by the Principals of 
Mount Moriah Chapter, for their kindness in recommending 
me to the District for the office of Grand Superintendent. I 
also wish to thank the Excellent Principals of the Niagara Dis- 
trict, who so kindly elected me to that high and responsible 
office, and to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, 
for the confirmation of same. 

My first official act was the appointment of Ex. Comp. 
James Dickie, of Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, as District 
Secretary, the duties of which he has performed in a very 
creditable and efficient manner. 

My next official duty was to put out a Circular Letter to 
all First Principals of District No. 7, which contained the re- 
commendations of the Most Excellent, the Grand Z. 

On April 1st I visited Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby, 
accompanied by R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Coombs, P.G.S.N. ; Ex. 
Comp. J. P. Hudson, and several Companions of Mount Moriah 
Chapter. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Phipps and was 
most cordially received by Ex. Comp. H. B. Fonger, R. Ex. 
Comp. E. H. Brennan, Ex. Comp. G. W. Irvine, and several 
Companions from Niagara Chapter, No. 55, as well as Ex. 
Comp. V. Bryce and Companions from Smithville Chapter, No. 
240, were present. The M.M.M. Degree was exemplified with 
musical accompaniment, in a very efficient manner. The Past 
Principals showed a keen interest in the Chapter by assisting 
in the work. 

On April 15th I visited Niagara Chapter, No. 55, Niagara- 
on-the-Lake. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. F. J. McClel- 
land, and was duly and properly received by Ex. Comp. G. W. 
Irvine. The M.M.M. Degree was conferred by the Officers, 
assisted by R. Ex. Comp. E. H. Brennan, and other Past 
Principals of Niagara Chapter, in a very efficient manner. On 
this visit I was accompanied by R. Ex. Comp. A. E Coombs 
and several Past Principals and Companions. Rev. Comp. J. 
W. Stewart, of Mount Moriah Chapter, gave a very interesting 
address on the Mark Master Mason Degree. 


On April 24th I visited Willson Chapter, No. 64, of WellancL 
accompanied by several Past Principals and Companions of 
Mount Moriah Chapter. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comps. 
J. Holstock and J. C. Gothard. I was received by Ex. Comp. 
A. M. Cameron and given a very farm reception. The M.E.M. 
Degree was conferred in a very impressive manner. I wish 
to thank R Ex. Comp. J. C. Gothard for his personal reference 
to me, and for the very interesting address he gave on Capitu- 
lar Masonry in the Niagara District. 

On May 2nd I visited King Hiram Chapter, No. 57, of Port 
Colborne, accompanied by several Past Principals and Com- 
panions of Mount Moriah Chapter. I was introduced by R. 
Ex. Comp. J. S. Allen, and was received by Ex. Comp. George 
Pringle, who on behalf of the Officers and Companions, gave 
me a hearty welcome. The M.M.M. Degree was exemplified 
with music and was very impressive. 

On May 17th I visited Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, Niagara 
Falls, being introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Chas. H. Stringer 
and R. Ex. Comp. French, and was duly and properly received 
by Ex. Comp. W. V. Yorke. The M.M.M. Degree was exempli- 
fied with music. I wish to make special mention of the 
efficiency of the Officers and Past Principals who assisted in 
the work, it being done in a most efficient manner. I was 
accompanied by several Past Principals and Companions of 
Mount Moriah Chapter. 

On May 27th I visited Smithville Chapter, No. 240, Smith- 
ville, accompanied by several Companions of Mount Moriah 
Chapter. I was introduced by V. Ex. Comp.F. F. Hayes, and 
was duly and properly received by Ex. Comp. S. Magder, 
I.P.Z., acting on account of the First Principal, Ex. Comp. V. 
Bryce, who was confined to his home. The M.M.M. Degree 
was exemplified with music, Ex. Comp. G. H. Davis, of Mount 
Moriah Chapter, acting as organist. It was also my privilege 
to meet R. Ex. Comp. L. F. McDougall, Grand Superintendent 
of District No. 5, and several Companions from Stoney Creek, 
as well as R. Ex. Comp. C. W. F. Carpenter and V. Ex. Comp. 
J. H. Culp, and other Companions from Grimsby Chapter, 
adding another very pleasant evening to my list of visits. 

October 8th I visited Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort 
Erie, accompanied by several Past Principals and Companions 
of Mount Moriah Chapter, as well as R. Ex. Comp. Holstock 
and Ex. Comp. A. M. Cameron, of Willson Chapter, of Welland. 
I was duly and properly received, the M.E.M. Degree being 
exemplified by the Officers, assisted by the Past Principals of 


the Chapter, in a very creditable manner, and another very 
pleasant social hour was spent with the Companions of the 

October 11th I visited Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, my 
Mother Chapter, and was introduced by Ex. Comp. N. B. 
Mcphee and was given a very warm welcome by Ex. Comp. J. 
P. Hudson, First Principal, and the Companions of the Chap- 
ter. The M.E.M. Degree was conferred by the Officers, in a 
very efficient manner. I wish to make special mention of 
visitors from across the border, T. J. Anderson, as High Priest, 
and Present Assistant Grand Lecturer of Niagara Orleans Dis- 
trict, and F. A. Campbell, High Priest, and several Com- 
panions of Niagara Chapter, No. 200, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 
accompanied by several Companions from Loekport and 
Medina Chapters. The Rev. Comp. Weeks, of Niagara Chap- 
ter, No. 200, gave a very interesting address on Companion- 

October 18th I visited McCallum Chapter, No. 29, of Dunn- 
ville, accompanied by several Companions. I was introduced 
by R. Ex. Comp. Col. J. C. Massie and duly received by Ex. 
Comp. D. Glenny, First Principal. The M.M.M. Degree was 
conferred by the Officers, being well assisted by the Past 
Principals of the Chapter. A pleasant hour was spent with 
the Officers and Companions of the Chapter in the banquet 
room. This was my first official visit of the Chapters in 
Niagara District. 

Chapter of Instruction 

On Saturday, November 16th, a Chapter of Instruction was 
held at St. Catharines under the auspices of Mount Moriah 
Chapter, No. 19, G.R.C. This event was highly successful and 
very interesting, as well as instructive to the District. At 
2.30 p.m. Mark Master Masons Lodge was opened by Mount 
Nebo Chapter, No. 76, of Niagara Falls, the M.M.M. Degree 
being conferred under the guidance of Ex. Comp. W. V. Yorke, 
First Principal, in a splendid manner, the Lodge being closed 
by the same Officers. 

At 4 p.m. The Most Excellent Masters Lodge was opened 
by Willson Chapter, No. 64, of Welland, the degree being con- 
ferred under the guidance of Ex. Comp. A. M. Cameron, First 
Principal, in a very commendable manner, and the Lodge was 
closed under the same Officers. 

At 6 p.m. a banquet was held in the banquet hall, and an 
enjoyable time was spent around the festive board. R. Ex. 


Comp. Sidney S. Forbes, Grand J., was in attendance as the 
representative of the Most Excellent, the Grand Z. R. Ex. 
Comp. S. S. Forbes and R. Ex. Comp. Morgan R. Griffiths 
responded to the toast to the Grand Chapter. R. Ex. Comp. 
A. E. Coombs, P.S.G.N., proposed the toast to our visitors, 
and was responded to by all First Principals of the various 
Chapters of Niagara District. 

At 8 p.m. the Holy Royal Arch Chapter was opened by 
Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19. The Grand Chapter Officers 
present were introduced and officially received in a very 
cordial manner, after which the Supreme Degree of the Holy 
Royal Arch was conferred by Mount Moriah Chapter Officers. 
The Degree work was criticized by Past Grand Superintendent 
J. C. Gothard in a very creditable and instructive manner. 
The work was also reviewed by R. Ex. Comp. Morgan R. 
Griffiths, Grand Lecturer. The remarks and constructive 
criticism of both R. Ex. Comps. Morgan R. Griffiths and J. C. 
Gothard were greatly appreciated by all Companions, and 
should be helpful to the uniformity of the work in the District. 


On November 27th Willson Chapter, No. 64, celebrated 
their Sixtieth Anniversary. Most Ex. Comp. George L. 
Gardiner, Grand First Principal, and Most Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith, Grand Scribe E., were present on this occasion. At 
the close of the Chapter a very enjoyable evening was spent. 
The Grand First Principal gave a very impressive address, 
also the Grand Scribe E.'s remarks were very instructive. 


On December 5th King Hiram Chapter, No. 57, and Willson 
Chapter, No. 64, held their joint installation at Port Colborne. 
The ceremony was conducted by R. Ex. Comp. J. C. Gothard, 
Past Grand Superintendent of Niagara District, No. 7. 

On December 6th the Officers of Niagara Chapter, No. 55, 
Niagara-on-the-Lake, were installed by the installing team 
of Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, of Niagara Falls, under the 
guidance of R. Ex. Comp. Dr. G. E. French, on behalf of 
Niagara Chapter. It was my privilege to present Chas. A. Hall 
with a fine bridge lamp> for the very fine services he has given 
Niagara Chapter as Scribe E. 

On December 10th the Officers of Hugh Murray Chapter, 
No. 184, Fort Erie, were installed by the installing team of 


Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, of Niagara Falls, under the 
guidance of R. Ex. Conip. Dr. G. E. French. 

On December 13th the Officers of Mount Moriah Chapter, 
No. 19, St. Catharines, were installed by the installing team 
of Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, of Niagara Falls, under the 
guidance of R. Ex. Comp. Dr. G. E. French. 

On December 18th Smith ville Chapter, No. 240, and 
Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, held their joint installation at Smith- 
ville. It was my privilege to instal the Officers of the two 
Chapters, assisted by R. Ex. Comps. C. W. F. Carpenter and 
J. H. Patterson, and Past Principal of Mount Moriah Chapter, 
No. 19. 

On December 20th the Officers of Mount Nebo Chapter, 
No. 76, Niagara Falls, were installed. It was again my 
privilege, assisted by Past Principals of Mount Moriah Chap- 
ter, No. 19, to perform the ceremony. 

In conclusion, I wish to thank the Companions, and 
especially those of Mount Moriah Chapter, who accompanied 
me on my visits, and to bespeak for my successor the same 
kindness and courtesy that was extended to me during my 
term of office. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

Harry Rule, 
Grand Supt. Niagara District, No. 7. 

St. Catharines, Ont., January 6th, 1936. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to submit to you my report on the con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry in Toronto East District, No 8, 
for the year 1935. 

May I first be permitted to express my sincere appreciation 
of the honour that the Companions of District No. 8 have 
conferred upon me in electing me as their Grand Superin- 
tendent and my thankfulness to the Most Excellent the Grand 
First Principal in confirming that election. I trust my humble 
efforts have merited their approval. 

I also desire to express my heartfelt thanks to the Present 
and Past Grand Chapter Officers, Ruling and Past Principals 
and Companions who accompanied me on my official visits to 
the Chapters of the District and by their presence not only 
did honour to the Chapter visited but made each visit one of 
pleasurable anticipation for me and gave confidence to the 
Officers of the evening, in doing their work, as well as a de- 
lightful companionship at the banquet table. 

I am also deeply indebted to Ex. Comp. A A. Kinghorn, a 
Past Principal of University Chapter, whom I appointed as 
District Secretary and who in his quiet and unassuming way 
has been most helpful to me. 

We are all aware of the conditions which have prevailed 
during recent years whereby our ranks have been sorely de- 
pleted, yet in spite of all, I find that the loyal Companions of 
the Chapters have bound themselves together to carry on and 
that the utmost value is found in love of truth, then love of 
one's kind, then love of service. Believe me there is no weak- 
ness you cannot grow out of, if you set your heart upon it, 
there is no strength or goodness that you may not aspire to, 
and in some measure attain, but the way is long and the heart 
must be set upon the goal. 

'The road winds up-hill all the way, 
Yes, to the very end." 

We begin to realize that our real value is not in our ma- 
terial prosperity, as in the number of upright and manly lives 
who can give themselves to the service of Royal Arch Masonry 
and do much for the individual, family and national life, to 
infuse a new and healthier spirit into the coming age. Let us 
apply ourselves then in the spirit of Longfellow's noble lines : 


"Let us then be up and doing, 
With a heart for any fate ; 
Still achieving, still pursuing, 
Learn to labour and to wait." 

During the year it was my pleasure to visit all of the Chap- 
ters at least once, except Doric Chapter, No. 60, with which I 
tried more than once, but was unable to make arrangements. 
On all occasions I was royally received and I found the officers 
painstaking and conscientious in their work, endeavouring to 
impress the candidates and impart dignity and solemnity to 
the occasion. I fully appreciate and will ever remember the 
courtesies extended and the happy associations this office has 
brought to me. 

It is with a great deal of regret that I am unable to report 
any increase in our membership as we still have that large 
cloud of suspensions hanging over us. After making enquiries 
in all the Chapters, I find it is due to an absolute lack of in- 
terest, for where any interest has been shown the Companions 
are only too willing to assist. With the return of better con- 
ditions, however, the Chapters are receiving new members, 
one Chapter having accepted nine applications during the past 
year, so we are hoping for better things in the new year. 

At the banquet table that spirit of loyalty to the Grand 
First Principal and the Grand Chapter so well known to all 
Royal Arch Masons was always exhibited, followed by admir- 
able addresses of Past and Present Grand Chapter Officers, 
Past and Ruling Principals and Companions, thereby com- 
pleting a most enjoyable evening. 

The greatest harmony prevails between the two Toronto 
Districts and no dividing line is known. Many fraternal visits 
between the various Chapters are made and a splendid spirit 
of good fellowship is shown. 

I would like here to extend to R. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, 
Grand Superintendent of Toronto West District, No. 8a., my 
sincere thanks for his kindness and thoughtfulness, in ac- 
companying me on many of my official visits to the Chapters 
of the District, thereby sealing that bond of fraternal relation- 
ship between the Districts and assisting me materially by his 
presence. Also for his ready asquiescence to an exchange of 
official visits to our Mother Chapters, thereby giving me the 
privilege of officially inspecting two of the largest Royal Arch 
Chapters in the British Empire, which I appreciated very 


The work of the Welfare Committee of the two Toronto 
Districts is still being carried on and is improving. The Com- 
mittee is widening its field of endeavours, thus showing that 
where leadership is given and the opportunity presented, Royal 
Arch Masons will give service to those who are less fortunate 
than themselves and who are in need of assistance. I con- 
gratulate the Welfare Committee and trust that the spirit of 
service thus shown will spread itself to other districts and 
give those Royal Arch Masons who are willing, a chance to 
"go and do thou likewise". 

I also desire to pay tribute to the Scribe E. of every Chap- 
ter in the District for his painstaking efforts. No doubt they 
have been arduous during the past few years and in many 
cases I regret to say without due recompense. Each is a 
conscientious and zealous officer and the ability of the Chapter 
to carry on, in some cases, has been due to their efforts and 
their interest in Royal Arch Masonry. 

During the course of my term of office quite a number of 
interesting events took place among the Chapters and I would 
like to mention a few. 

On May 2nd the Chapters of the two Toronto Districts 
gave a reception to Most Excellent Companion Geo. L. 
Gardiner, in the York Temple. The Grand Council were re- 
ceived in the Chapter Room, where all the offices were held 
by Ruling Principals. Adjournment was then made to the 
Banquet Room, where delightful toasts were offered and re- 
plied to most fittingly by the members of Grand Council, M. 
Ex. Comp. Gardiner, R. Ex. Comp. Mills and R. Ex. Comp. 

On March 16th the Companions of the St. Patrick Chapter 
celebrated their annual "Irish Night". A most wonderful 
evening, with a large Company of Grand Chapter Officers 
present, as well as visitors from Keystone Chapter, Buffalo. 
The speaker of the evening was the Rev. G. 0. Fallis, B.D., 
C.B.E., who gave a delightful and humourous address which 
was enjoyed by all. 

On Sunday, March 17th, the St. Patrick Chapter held a 
Church Service in the Eglinton United Church, when Comp. 
the Rev. W. J. Johnston preached a special sermon to Royal 
Arch Masons. The St Patrick Chapter as well as Succoth 
Chapter of Uxbridge, are to be commended for holding an 
annual Church Service, and I would that more of the Chapters 
should avail themselves of the opportunities offered in this 


St. Paul's Chapter celebrated their 60th Anniversary on 
April 10th with the Past Principals of the Chapter conferring 
the M.M.M. Degree in a very dignified and impressive manner. 
Later at the banquet table many instructive as well as 
humourous speeches were listened to and a charming evening 
closed with new interest created in Royal Arch Masonry. 

On April 12th I was privilged to attend Occident Chapter's 
annual "Indian Night", with a large Company of Past and 
Present Grand Chapter Officers. We were royally received in 
the Chapter Room, then adjournment was made to the Banquet 
Room, where a splendid entertainment was provided as well as 
a wonderful address by Comp. The Rev. W. J. Johnston, on 
"The Lessons of Masonry". 

Beaver Chapter's "Grand Chapter Night" on October 9th 
was one long to be remembered. Among those present were 
M. Ex. Comp. Gardiner, Grand First Principal, accompanied 
by M. Ex. Comps. Alex. Cowan, K. J. Dunstan and Edwin 
Smith, together with a large number of Present and Past 
Grand Chapter Officers. The Past Principals of the Chapter 
conferred the H.R.A. Degree in an impressive and dignified 
manner. At the banquet table the usual toasts were proposed 
and replied to by outstanding Royal Arch Masons and listened 
to with great interest by the large company of Companions 

On Friday evening, Nov. 29th, I had the pleasure of attend- 
ing a Dinner and Reception, given by the "Toronto Principals 
Association" to M. Ex. Comp. Gardiner, in the Carls-Rite Hotel. 
Dinner was served at 7.30 p.m., after which a presentation was 
made to our Grand First Principal, who replied with one of 
his most delightful and inspiring addresses, exhorting all to 
rekindle the flame of enthusiasm for Royal Arch Masonry and 
revive its latent interst. 

There have been many other splendid occasions, too 
numerous to mention in detail, at which splendid addresses 
were given, patriotic nights and fraternal visits arranged, thus 
showing that the officers of the various Chapters have not only 
sacrificed their time and energy, in order that the work might 
be well done, the lessons not only taught, but practised, but 
that interesting entertainment be also provided. Laughter 
serves as a relaxation of mind and body and provides a rest 
when one lets go of the seriousness of life, for we live in 
thoughts and feelings, not in days and years. 

In concluding this report may I offer my congratulations 
to the new officers of the Constituent Chapters for 1936 and 


wish them every success, and I ask all Companions to accept 
my deep appreciation for the many courtesies extended. My 
year of office has indeed been a plasant one and my circle of 
friends greatly widened, as well as new sources of Masonic 
knowledge opened to me. May our aim for the future be to 
secure quality rather than numbers. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

W. S. M. Enouy, 
Grand Supt. Toronto District, No. 8. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to forward for your information the 
annual statistical report, which, with the report of inspections 
previously forwarded to the Grand Scribe E., sets forth in 
detail the condition of the Chapters in Toronto West District, 
No. 8a. As the numerical strength and financial assets show 
a diminution year after year, these reports should be seriously 
studied. Both in membership and attendance there is room 
for improvement and the most serious consideration by those 
who are anxious to stem this tide is demanded. 

It is one of the platitudes of our time to speak about the 
changes that have come over the world, so commonplace that 
everybody has been made familiar with them. Even as we admit 
these changes there is no need for us to be too seriously dis- 
turbed. There never has been and never will be a static period 
in the history of mankind. Change is inevitable to progress. 
With Bryant we can say : 

"Weep not that the world changes — did it keep 
A stable, changeless state, 't were cause indeed to weep." 

While all things must grow and adapt themselves to cer- 
tain new conditions and environment, we must, however, have 
the ability of man to control and direct these changes, other- 
wise disaster may result. 

During these changing periods in Royal Arch Masonry a 
few of our Companions became dismayed, but more of us had 
courage because we were assured that nothing can uproot 
faith, hope and charity from the soul of man. When this 
storm has spent its fury, through the lifting clouds shall we 
see the same old guiding stars in their accustomed places, and 
we will note that the orderly principles of social and economic 
integrity, though changed perhaps, are ever present. 

A few years ago Royal Arch Masonry in this District was 
noted for its numerical growth. Then through the following 
years it was noted for its awakening thought. In the next 
few years my belief is that it will be characterized by its 
consciousness of civic usefulness, that as Royal Arch Masons 
we are to carry our idealism into civic life and translate our 
objectives into accomplisments, so that communities in which 
we live may be better, with a higher type of citizenship, with 
a finer chance for boys and girls to grow into useful citizens. 


To accomplish this we need trained leaders and we must have 
an enlightened and willing membership. 

There is and must be a relationship between Capitular 
Masonry and good citizenship. If we simply initiate our mem- 
bers into the secrets, symbolisms and mysteries, and do not 
broaden our view and make our Masonry an unselfish brother- 
hood, we cannot give to it a power that will penetrate beyond 
our tyled doors. Are our Companions more civic minded be- 
cause of the efforts of our Chapter or our District? How 
many unfortunate men and women, boys and girls have a bet- 
ter chance because our Chapter exists? What are we doing 
to provide inspiring recreation for our younger Companions 
who have 'less work than they need and more leisure than they 
want? The answers to questions such as these will measure 
the success of any district or the Chapters in the district. 
Social events, ladies' nights land banquets, happy and most de- 
sirable, establishing new and strengthening old friendships, 
are valuable by-products but are not the real products of Royal 
Arch Masonry. 

To-day this challenge is thrown to Royal Arch Masons as 
individuals and as an organization. A static organization in 
a moving world may mean fatality to both, and the world of 
to-day demands a moving Masonry and moving Masons. In 
my opinion, the day is past for conservative individuals to 
contend for a changeless continuance of the old order. Each 
of us is called upon to give support to an orderly and pro- 
gressive social reconstruction, with the object in mind of mak- 
ing a better world in which all have a fairer share of its bless- 
ings. How may we meet this challenge? 

One timely contribution which our Masonry can make is 
in recognizing the fact that there is a great need for an 
awakening on the part of our Companions that life, in spite 
of its socialization and mechanization, brings a demand for the 
thinking and labour of the individual. We should not over- 
look our function in the development of our members into 
stronger men. 

One vision which must come to us i3 an awakening on the 
part of our leadership more vitally to practical public affairs 
and the real issues before our community. The achievements 
of Masonry, many and worthy though they be, largely in the 
field of philanthropy and a kindly ministry "to the needy, have 
not yet dealt with the economic and social problems of the day 
as they exist in our respective communities. Should we not 


do more to meet personally these problems which can only be 
solved by an enlightened citizenship? 

The development of Royal Arch Masons themselves to 
make them capable of higher and better service. We must 
get away from the viewpoint of looking on our Masonry as a 
mass affair for the executive, or some other group to look 
after, and get into the attitude of making it a personal re- 
sponsibility. The really big contribution of Royal Arch 
Masonry should be personal service, because such action is 
not only the best service in the community but is best for the 
community spirit of the man rendering it. In the past the 
only motives frequently considered as germane to a process 
of education were the intellectual, but in my opinion the edu- 
cation of our members should be the development of their per- 
sonalities for the projection of Masonic ideals into personal 
and community life, so that marching on step by step in a 
path that will carry us far toward that happier day when 
this huge load of difficulty will be rolled from the backs of our 
people, we may look back over the past and be able to say that 
in so far as human wit can devise and in so far as human 
foresight can plan we have carried our civilization to a place 
from which it will never slip back. 

I am forced to these conclusions by the results and en- 
thusiasm aroused by the practical efforts of the Royal Arch 
Masons' Welfare Committee of Toronto, whose work is so well 
known by its assistance to the Samaritan Club. This club 
gives relief and service to families in which members are suf- 
fering from tuberculosis, provides post-sanitarium care, and 
operates a hostel for unattached men and a rest camp for 
mothers and children at Jackson's Point. As the first chair- 
man of this committee I caught the vision of the Companions 
who comprised that body. Why was it formed? In an at- 
tempt to create an outlet for the energy of the Companions of 
the Chapters for both Toronto Districts? Partly! To assist 
the Samaritan Club by providing transportation for the 
mothers and children td their rest camp? Partly! To enable 
these little children to straighten their tired backs and lift 
their faces to receive the full benefit of the sunshine, thereby 
proving that "the laughter of contented children is that music 
to the strains of which the angels dance in Heaven" ? Partly ! 
To give self-satisfaction to those who assisted in the con- 
sciousness of having done something worth while? Partly! 
The real vision was that throughout these districts and pos- 
sibly throughout the whole Grand Jurisdiction the lesson would 


be taught and the example shown that such practical attempts 
are the true and correct interpretation of Royal Arch Masonry. 

During the past summer this committee, under the able 
direction of Ex. Comp. Fred Fisher as Chairman and Ex. 
Comp. A. Tannahill as Secretary, again provided transporta- 
tion for these little tots and their mothers, thereby receiving 
unstinted praise from those benefited,, and the plaudits and 
admiration of all Companions of both Toronto Districts. 

To quote from the report of R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Burnett, 
who was Superintendent of this District when this committee 
was formed: "If, by the bright example of their unselfish 
actions, we are prompted to still greater action in rendering 
service to benefit mankind, then their labours have not been 
in vain." Let us hope for the dawn of that day when such 
assistance will not be required from this or similar organiza- 
tions, but may that day never dawn when the ears of our Com- 
panions are deaf to the plea for practical help, upholding those 
lessons of charity and benevolence so often preached but not 
so often practised. Together let us strive : 

"For the right that needs assistance, 
'Gainst the wrong that needs resistance, 
For the future in the distance 
And the good that we can do." 

To arouse the enthusiasm of our Companions who ap- 
parently have lost interest and are not attending our Convo- 
cations, and to retain the good-will of the faithful, I am sug- 
gesting that it may be necessary : 

(a) To select Chapter activities which lend themselves to 
individual responsibility and individual action. 

(b) To select activities that permit of more or less sus- 
tained responsibility, but handled so that they will aiot 

(c) To exercise most careful and wise selection of new 

(d) To train our new members from their initiation with 
this definite undertone of personal assistance, rather 
than group responsibility. 

(e) To give just as much attention to the Companions we 
already have as we display in the obtaining of new 

(f ) To change our banquets from a routine of meaningful 
toasts tiresomely rendered to a definitely instructive 
programme of educational topics interestingly handled. 


(g) To impress upon the presiding officers of our Chapters 
the necessity of having business matters dealt with by 
the executive, and not unnecessarily delay the opera- 
tions of the Chapter, wearying those who, as guests, 
are waiting to enter, and consequently prolonging the 
banquet beyond the hour of midnight. 

The social events of the year were many and most interest- 
ing, and I will deal with only a few. The most important was 
the reception and presentation of a silver (service to our Grand 
First Principal, Most Excellent Companion George L. 
Gardiner, by the combined Chapters of Toronto East and West 
Districts, on May 2nd, at the York Masonic Temple, on Eglin- 
ton Avenue. The loyalty and enthusiasm of those responsible 
— the Presiding Principals of all Chapters in both Districts — 
must have impressed our Grand First Principal just as his 
words of inspiration and advice made a lasting impression on 
the Companions present. The presence of R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. 
Mills, Grand Second Principal, and R. Ex. Comp. S. Forbes, 
Grand Third Principal, added to the pleasure of this occasion. 

M. Ex. Comp. Gardiner was similarly recognized on 
November 29th by the Principals' Association of Toronto. 
Such evidences of esteem are but true expressions of the 
worth of the Grand First Principal and the high regard in 
which he is held by all the Companions. 

The Annual Irish Night of the St. Patrick Chapter, marked 
by virility and enthusiasm — the Annual Grand Chapter Night 
of Beaver Chapter, suggesting loyalty and dignity — the Annua] 
Indian Night of my own Chapter, Occident Chaper, portray- 
ing good fellowship and sociability — were social evenings of 
the highest order and which contributed in a marked degree 
towards the cementing of that bond of friendship between the 
two Districts. 

To Right Excellent Companion W. S. M. Enouy the Grand 
Superintendent of Toronto East District, No. 8, for those acts 
of kindness and charity which marked his friendship and good- 
will, and for his inspection of my own Chapter, I tender my 
deepest appreciation. 

To the District Secretary, Excellent Companion W. H. 
Murchison, a most efficient officer, for his faithful services and 
support, I record my sincere thanks. 

To all the Grand Chapter Officers, past and present, for 
their assistance and advice, to the First Principals, Past 
Principals and Officers of all the Chapters in the District, for 
their support and co-operation, for the opportunity of meet- 


ing under such pleasant circumstances so many of those whom 
I have learned to respect and admire and from whom I am 
sorry to part, I am sincerely thankful.. I have tried to pro- 
mote constantly a better understanding, a fuller and more 
accurate knowledge, a genuine bond of sympathy and assist- 
ance amongst the Companions of our District. 

"Farewell" is a word often lightly uttered and readily for- 
gotten. But when it means the rounding off and completion 
of a chapter in life, the severance of ties many and cherished, 
of the parting, even if officially, with many friends, it be- 
comes "the word that makes us linger". I go into the future 
freighted and laden with happy memories — inexhaustible and 
unalloyed — of measureless kindness. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John M. Burden, 
Grand Supt. Toronto West District, No. 8a. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with a heavy heart that I, at the command of the Most 
Ex. Z., take up the duties of our late R. Ex. Comp. H. C. 
Skinner, who passed away after a brief illness on Nov. 30th. 

R. Ex. Comp. Skinner fulfilled, more nearly than any other 
Companion I know, the portrayal of "the ideal of a Free- 
mason", as given in our Blue Lodge installation ceremony, and 
it is, humanly speaking, a tragedy that one who was such an 
ornament to the Craft should be taken in the prime of life. As 
stated by our District Secretary, in notifying the Constituent 
Chapters, he left the world richer for his having lived in it, and 
Masonry poorer for his passing. 

R. Ex. Comp. Skinner took his work seriously, and carried 
it out with purpose and resolution. All of his visits had been 
made prior to his illness. He brought rare ability and deep 
research to his task, and the meetings he conducted were high 
lights of inspiration and Masonic education. His addresses 
have left a lasting impression, and will be recalled by those 
who heard them for many years to come. 

It was my privilege to make the entire circuit of Georgian 
District with R. Ex. Comp. Skinner, as I have done on three 
previous occasions, and in this way I have become well 
acquainted with the District and its conditions, and have 
learned to love it more deeply than I can express. Official 
visits were made as follows : 

April 4th, Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton, Ont. 

April 26th, Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood, Ont. 

May 17th, Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Midland, Ont. 

May 21st, Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound, Ont. 

June 11th, Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie, Ont. 

Oct. 11th, Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia, Ont. 

Oct. 15th, Grand River Chapter, No. 70, Bracebridge, Ont. 

Oct. 31st, Macpherson Chapter, No. 86, Meaford, Ont. 

There have been problems and discouragements every- 
where, where have there not? There is no cause for rejoicing 
apparent in the cold figures given in the Returns, and our 
officers have, in many cases, been sorely tried. Nevertheless, 
it is my firm conviction that much progress has been made in 
these trying times. What are trying times for? Sailors are 
not made on a mill pond, nor soldiers on a full dress review. 


Trying times are just what we call them, times of trying and 
testing. We have lost nothing but superfluous numbers. 
Surely no Companion has been dropped because of mere in- 
ability to pay, certainly none that I know of. Those who have 
carried on have become such pillars of strength as they never 
dreamed of, and our Royal Craft is exerting an influence on 
the lives of the faithful, such as would have delighted its 

The Companions whom I meet in our Chapters are citizens 
who are taking honourable and leading parts in their respec- 
tive communities, and I am optimist enough to believe that 
our calm contemplation of the beauty of wisdom and virtue, 
within our tyled portals, is having the steadying influence they 
so greatly need. 

May all who read these lines be encouraged to look beneath 
the surface, and to realize that if our institutions are being 
shaken, it is by the wisdom of the G.A.O.T.U., so that those 
which have failed may pass away, and those which are worthy 
amy endure. 

D. C. Patmore, 
Grand Supt. Georgian District, No. 9. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to submit for your consideration my re- 
port on Capitular Masonry in Ontario District, No. 10. 

I wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to 
the Grand Z. and Companions for the distinguished honour 
conferred upon me at the last Annual Convocation of Grand 
Chapter and I trust I have been able to discharge the duties 
encumbent upon me in such a manner as to justify the con- 
fidence reposed in me. 

Official Visits 

Ionic Chapter, No. 168, Campbellford. — On March 19th 
I paid this Chapter my first official visit, on the occasion of 
their 26th anniversary. I was accompanied by Ex. Comp. 
Dr. Gardner, was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. L. B. Glover, 
and very warmly received by Ex. Comp. N. A. McCall. 

The M.E.M. Degree was conferred in a very pleasing man- 
ner. This Chapter is very comfortable, equipment is in excel- 
lent condition and they are very hopeful for the future. 

I again visited this Chapter on June 11th, also Oct. 21st, 
it being "Hydro" night, when the employees of the Hydro 
Commission, Eastern Division, assumed the chairs and con- 
ferred the H.R.A. Degree. Very deserving of much commed- 

Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope.— On April 12th I 
visited this Chapter, accompanied by Ex. Comps. Denike, Gould 
and Williams. All present were highly honoured in having 
as a visitor the Grand Scribe E., Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, 
who presented Jewels to two Veteran Excellent Companions. 
The H.R.A. Degree was exemplified in a very able manner. At 
the close of the Chapter our Grand Scribe E. delivered a most 
interesting address. This Chapter is very comfortable and 
has good prospects for the future. 

King Darias Chapter, No. 134, Cannington. — On April 
17th this Chapter was officially visited. I was accompanied 
by Ex. Comps. H. T. Mathison, L. A. Gould and Comp. Wilde. 
Was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Dr. Blanchard, received in 
true Masonic spirit by Ex. Comp. First Principal Hayes and the 
H.R.A. Degree was ably exemplified by the Chapter Officers. 
A wonderful spirit of harmony prevails among the Com- 


St. Andrew's Chapter, No. 139, Havelock. — On April 
22nd I paid this, my Mother Chapter, my official visit, being 
officially introduced by Ex. Comp. A. C. Denike, received in 
the usual manner by our First Principal, Ex. Comp. Dr. 
Gardner. No work being exemplified I had the pleasure of 
presenting to Ex. Comp. Henry Pacey a Veteran Jewel, also to 
Ex. Comp. H. R. Butterell a Life Membership. Having lost 
all of our equipment by fire a year last February, we are still 
carrying on with the essentials and gradually acquiring a new 
outfit, the Companions being very loyal and determined to 
attain the position held before our loss. On Dec. 30th I had 
the pleasure of installing our Officers, assisted by Ex. Comp. 
R. A. Buchanan. 

Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby. — On May 17th I 
visited this Chapter, accompanied by Ex. Comp. F. Watson. 
I was officially introduced by V. Ex. Comp. Germyn, and 
warmly received by Ex. Comp. First Principal Bateman, when 
the M.M.M. Degree was very favourably exemplified by the 
Officers, the Third Principal as W.M., the Second Principal as 
J.W., and First Principal as S.W., thus showing the material 
this Chapter has available for its future officers. On this oc- 
casion I had the pleasure of meeting my predecessor of twenty- 
seven years ago. 

Palestine Chapter, No. 249, Bowmanville. — On June 
17th I officially visited the above Chapter. This being the 
''baby" Chapter of the District, I was amazed at their pro- 
ficiency in the Ritual and floor work, the H.R.A. Degree being 
exemplified in such an impressive manner that a candidate 
could not help being impressed. I would be very much pleased 
for the Grand Z. or the Grand Scribe E. to commend the 
Officers of Palestine Chapter on their proficiency. 

Warkworth Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth. — On Sept. 
9th I paid my official visit to the above Chapter, accompanied 
by Ex. Comp. A. C. Denike and Comp. Rev. S. A. Kemp. I 
was introduced by Ex. Comp Buchanan, was received very 
warmly by Ex. Comp. First Principal Snooker. The H.R.A. 
Degree was very favourably exemplified. The Officers of this 
Chapter are very proficient. The Companions are very com- 
fortable, having no liabilities and equipment up to standard, 
and a beautiful building of their own. 

Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa. — On Oct. 1st I 
paid my official visit, accompanied by Ex. Comps. Brecken- 
ridge and Gould. 1 was officially introduced by R. Ex. Comp. 


Stenhouse, received by Ex. Comp. First Principal Broomfield. 
The M.M.M. Degree was very satisfactorily exemplified. 

The Craft in Oshawa have erected a beautiful Temple and 
R. Ex. Comp. Stenhouse showed us through the Temple on a 
trip of inspection from power room to miniature lodge room. 
I must admit that it is the most up to the minute Temple I 
ever had the pleasure of being in. The Companions and 
Brethren are to be complimented on this achievement. This 
Chapter is in a sound financial position with favourable pros- 
pects and complete paraphenalia. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg. — On Oct. 22nd I 
visited this Chapter, accompanied by Ex. Comp. H. T. Mathi- 
son, and was officially introduced by Ex. Comp. McNabb, very 
graciously received by Ex. Comp. First Principal Hardcastle. 
There being no work, the Chapter was closed in harmony, 
when the Companions adjourned to the banquet room and a 
social hour was enjoyed by all. On this occasion I was pre- 
sented, on behalf of my Mother Chapter, with a beautiful set 
of Principal's robes and crowns to match, which was greatly 
appreciated by the Officers and Companions of our Chapter. 
St. John's Chapter being in very capable hands and having no 
liabilities, with good prospects, there is no cause for worry. 
On Nov. 26th I paid them a fraternal visit, it being 
Election of Officers and the Annual Chapter Dinner. 

Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterboro.— On Oct. 25th 
I paid this Chapter my official visit, accompanied by Ex. 
Comps. Mathison, Gardner, Yuill and Comp. Wilde. I was 
introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Cotton, very warmly received by 
Ex. Comp. First Principal Cornell. The M.M.M. Degree was 
very admirably conferred by the Officers. This Chapter has 
excellent quarters and complete equipment, in fair financial 
position and with good prospects. 

Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne. — On Nov. 8th I 
visited this Chapter, accompanied by Ex. Comps. Denike and 
Buchanan. I was officially introduced by my predecessor in 
office, I.P.G. Supt. R. Ex. Comp. Rev. McKim, and warmly re- 
reived, by Ex. Comp. First Principal Cracknell. This Chapter 
is very hopeful for a brighter future. They meet in modern 
quarters surrounded by a harmonizing colour scheme seldom 
equalled in Masonic halls. 

Midland Chapter, No. 94, Lindsay. — My last official visit 
was made, accompanied by Ex. Comps. Lancaster, Mathison 
and Comp. Anderson. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. C. L. 


Davidson, warmly received by the First Principal, Ex. Comp. 
Johnston. The H.R.A. Degree was conferred on four Brethren 
in a very capable and impressive manner. These Brethren 
drove 65 miles to receive their degree, thus proving that dis- 
tance is no barrier to those who desire greater light in 
Masonry, and to find that which was lost. This Chapter is 
in good financial condition, with good prospects for the future. 
They have very comfortable quarters and complete para- 

I personally inspected the records, minutes and ledgers of 
the several Chapters. Neatness and accuracy prevailed. Much 
credit is due the Scribes E. of the Chapters for the faithful 
discharge of the duties of this important office. Only one 
matter seems to have been neglected by several of the Chap- 
ters and that is their Book of Marks. In all the Chapters I 
stressed the necessity of the Companions registering their 
Mark before receiving the Royal Arch Degree. 

I inspected the opening of each Chapter as well as the 
work. I regret I was unable to visit the Chapters more often. 
I had a very pleasant year and made many friends among 
the Companions who I would not have met otherwise. To the 
Most Excellent the Grand Z., who confirmed my election, I am 
sincerely grateful, and also to the Grand Scribe E. for his 
ready and kindly assistance. To the Officers and Companions 
of Ontario District, No. 10, for their hearty reception, kind 
hospitality and loyalty to Grand Chapter, I hereby express 
my sincere gratitude. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

Angus Graham, 
Grand Supt. Ontario District, No. 10. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with satisfaction that I submit my report as Grand 
Superintendent for Prince Edward District, No. 11, for the 
year 1935. 

The past year has been one of earnest work and, while 
there is still much in evidence to occasion the most serious 
concern, the results achieved have been excedingly gatifying. 

An increasing number of applicants for Masonic advance- 
ment, and many inquiries from those who are considering such 
a step, afford foundation for the hope that better days are 
ahead for Capitular Masonry. 

The amount of unpaid dues in the various Chapters is still 
a problem of the gravest import. The wise provision of Grand 
Chapter in relieving the local Chapters of the capitation fee 
for those in distress has alleviated a serious situation in some 
degree, but the problem remains a most disturbing one. By 
making an individual canvass some of the Chapters have dis- 
covered that many of those in arrears for dues have been care- 
less and indifferent rather than unable to sustain the burden. 
A personal appeal to them by the high executive officers has 
resulted in many restorations to good standing. This com- 
mendable effort should be extended and earnestly continued. 

For the first time in Prince Edward District, I have had 
cards printed giving a schedule of my official visits and had 
them mailed with the summons to each individual member. 
Supplementing the schedule were the following requests and 
suggestions : 

"Please keep this card for reference. Be sure to 
attend the meeting of your own Chapter upon the occasion 
of the Official Visit. Also make every effort to be present 
when the other Chapters are visited. Interest in Capitular 
Masonry will, in that manner, be enormously stimulated. 
All the Chapters are located within convenient distances 
of one another. Every Chapter is delighted to welcome 
visiting Companions but especially so when the repre- 
sentative of the Grand Z. makes his annual inspection. 
Join with the District Officers to make the meetings happy, 
helpful and profitable and the year before us fruitful in 
beneficent results for Prince Edward District." 


An effective means for stimulating interest in attendance 
has been adopted by several of the Chapters with gratifying 
results by having the chairs filled and the Chapter work carried 
out by those engaged in the same profession or occupation. 
A notable instance was a "Doctors' Night" arranged by 
Moira Chapter on the evening of November 19th. All the 
chairs were filled by members of the medical profession under 
the capable leadership of R. Ex. Comp. F. M. Dure, of 
Brighton, who filled the office of First Principal. The subse- 
quent banquet was equally inspirational in character, with 
addresses by Most Ex. Comp. W. N. Ponton, by the Deputy 
Minister of Health for Ontario, and others prominent in 
Capitular Masonry. 

It was extremely pleasing to me this past year to note how 
earnestly the officers in the various Chapters endeavoured to 
carry out their duties and master their work. There was a 
general ambition to attain to higher levels of excellence. An 
example of this was the almost faultless demonstration of the 
M.E.M. Degree by the Officers of Prince Edward Chapter upon 
the occasion of my official visit on the evening of May 20th. 

The temptation is strong to give a resume of the note- 
worthy features connected with the individual official visits, 
but I have been reminded by the Grand Scribe E. that my 
report must be brief. I am compelled therefore to make this 
report more general in character than I otherwise would have 

I appointed my good friend, Ex. Comp. W. M. Barlow, to 
be District Secretary. He accompanied me on all my official 
visits and has proved himself an exceedingly capable and 
obliging official. He has few equals in his mastery of the 

Because of the unsolicited and effective assistance and sup- 
port given me, assistance far surpassing the claims of fraternal 
courtesy, I must express my grateful appreciation to my near 
neighbour and valued friend, Most Excellent Companion 
Ponton; also to my immediate predecessor in office R. Ex. 
Comp. W. T. MacKenzie, to R. Ex. Comps. F. M. Dure, M.D. : 
T. W. Solmes, E. T. Cherry and to so many others of the 
former Grand Chapter Officers, as well as to those Excellent 
Companions, officers and members who have contributed a 
wealth of kindness and active co-operation, the memory of 
which will be to me an abiding happiness and enduring satis- 
faction. Such friendships are priceless. 


The final official visit to my home Chapter, Quine Friend- 
ship, was to me a notable demonstration of loyalty and per- 
sonal regard, a culmination of favour and affection, such as 
have never come to me in all my previous experience. To these 
devoted friends I return the homage of a heart filled with 

I have come to the close of my year and look back upon 
what has been to me a congenial and extremely happy period 
of my life. I look forward hopefully to better days to come. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

J. 0. Herity, 
Grand Supt. Prince Edward District, No. 11. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with very great pleasure that I submit my report on 
the condition of Capitular Masonry in St. Lawrence District, 
No. 12, for the year 1935. 

I have been most happy in my endeavour to warrant the 
confidence and support placed in me as Grand Superintendent, 
and while I have personally thanked the Companions of each 
Chapter on the occasion of my official visits, I still feel that I 
should place it on record. I also wish to speak of the warm 
and cordial reception accorded me at the time of my visits, 
which indeed has been very comforting and gratifying. I also 
wish to thank the Most Excellent the Grand Z. for confirming 
my appointment. 

It was a matter of great pleasure and satisfaction to me 
when my very good friend and Companion, Ex. Companion 
B. J. Davis, consented to act as District Secretary. His sup- 
port has been untiring, and the manner in which he attended 
to the clerical duties have been of incalculable assistance and 
any success that may have attended my efforts has been helped 
a great deal by his efforts and devotion. 

My official visits were in the order by dates as follows : 

Grenville Chapter, No. 22, Prescott. — My first official 
visit was made to this Chapter on April 9th, in company with 
the District Secretary. We were very enthusiastically wel- 
comed. Several Companions of Sussex and St. Lawrence 
Chapters were present, which helped to make the evening most 
successful. The H.R.A. Degree was conferred in an excellent 
manner, all the Officers showing real good form. This Chap- 
ter is in real good condition, its books are excellently kept by 
V. Ex. Comp. E. A. Cook, Scribe E., a most congenial and 
hard working Companion for the Chapter. When the official 
business was over there were several short addresses on 
Capitular Masonry and a very enjoyable evening was spent. 

Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall. — Accompanied 
by the District Secretary, I visited this Chapter on the evening 
of May 15th, and again I must use almost the same words to 
emphasize our feelings. We were very graciously received. 
This Chapter evidently enjoys good attendance at all times, 
as this meeting seemed to bear out. A feeling of good Com- 
panionship and support seems to reign in this Chapter. The 


H.R.A. Degree was conferred in a very creditable manner, the 
Officers were well versed in their work, the behaviour of the 
Companions excellent. This Chapter is well kept up and the 
Scribe E. very capable, as his books show. The finances of 
the Chapter are very good. We closed with the satisfaction 
of having spent another successful evening. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg. — I officially 
visited St. John's Chapter in company with the District Secre- 
tary, May 17th. A number of the Companions from Brock- 
ville were present on this occasion. We were very well re- 
ceived and introduced by our good friend R. Ex. Comp. Dr. 
Davy, who has long been connected with this Chapter and at 
all times is very active in Capitular Masonry, a man whose 
example is worthy of being copied by any young Canadian. 
The M.M.M. Degree was conferred at this meeting in a very 
efficient manner. All Officers were well able to handle the 
work, and although they have been without candidates for 
some time, the prospects of the Chapter look bright. It was 
my pleasant duty on this occasion to present a 25-year 
Service Jewel to a time honoured Companion in the person of 
R. Ex. Comp. Dr. G. M. Gorrell, who is and has been for some 
time Treasurer of St. John's Chapter. R. Ex. Companion Dr. 
Gorrell has been for years a faithful and untiring worker, one 
of the Copestones of the Chapter. After closing we retired to 
the Club Room and a very enjoyable evening was concluded. 

Maitland Chapter, No. 68, North Augusta. — My 
official visit in company with the District Secretary to Mait- 
land Chapter was accomplished on the evening of May 24th. 
We were well received by R. Ex. Comp. R. Cavanaugh, P.G.S., 
with other Companions of the Chapter. Several Companions 
from Sussex and St. Lawrence Chapters were present and 
tendered their help towards making the meeting a success. 
There being no candidates I asked the Officers to exemplify 
the opening and closing of the Holy Royal Arch Degree, which 
was quite well done. The attendance of this Chapter is poor, 
but when one considers that this is the centre of a farming 
district and at times these men are too busy for regular at- 
tendance it is not to be wondered at. In the Winter the coun- 
try roads are mostly blocked. I attended a meeting on 
December 13th, which was called to consider the moving of 
the Chapter to Bethel, which is nearer Brockville and the home 
of St. James Lodge, A.F. & A.M., which I think will furnish 
this Chapter with some new material which they badly need. 
The books of this Chapter are well kept by Ex. Comp. Bobier, 


Scribe E. The prospects of this Chapter will be considerably 
brighter in their new home. 

Sussex Chapter, No. 59, and St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 
100, Brockville. — This was a joint convocation, held on 
October 9th. I was received in a true spirit of Companionship 
and I must say that through the course of my term of office 
I have found the Companions from Brockville always willing 
to co-operate to further the true spirit of Capitular Masonry. 
The H.R.A. Degree was conferred in an efficient manner, the 
Degree work being shared by both setts of Officers. The books 
of Sussex Chapter are kept in a very up to date manner by 
V. Ex. Comp. Win. Root. The books of St. Lawrence Chapter 
are also very creditably kept by Ex. Comp. Geo. Morrison. 
The evening was concluded with an enjoyable hour. 

Leeds Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque. — My official visit 
was paid to my Mother Chapter November 7th, and I was 
ably introduced by R. Ex. Comp. H. F. Ward and R. Ex. Comp. 
Dr. J. J Davis. There have been no candidates for some con- 
siderable time in this Chapter, the town having suffered with 
the loss of two industries during the height of the depression. 
Optimism still reigns and the prospects for the comfhg year 
look brigher. The books and records are kept in a very credit- 
able manner, showing care and consideration on the part of 
both Scribe E. and Treasurer. 

Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, 
Kingston. — In company with the District Secretary, I made 
my official visit to this Chapter November 15th. 

We were graciously received and introduced by R. Ex. 
Companion W. Y. Mills, Grand Second Principal. The M.M.M. 
Degree was exemplified in a very able manner. This being 
the oldest Chapter of the District, it also leads in membership, 
of which it should be proud, although at the date of my visit 
the attendance was poor. The District Secretary reported the 
books in an excellent condition. Finances very good and pros- 
pects of Chapter look bright. 

In cnclusion, may I again thank the Officers and Com- 
panions of the entire District for their loyal support and co- 
operation during my term of office, also I wish to express ap- 
preciation of the manner in which I have been received when 
on official visits. The same has been impressed indelibly on 
my memory of a year well spent. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

Albert Harris, 
Grand Supt. St. Lawrence District, No. 12. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Permit me the pleasure of presenting for your con- 
sideration and adoption my report on Capitular Masonry in 
Ottawa District, No. 13, for the year 1935. 

I wish to express my sincerest appreciation to the repre- 
sentatives of the different Chapters for having recommended 
me for the honoured position of Grand Superintendent, and 
to you, Most Excellent Sir, for having confirmed the appoint- 

My first official duty was the appointment of R. Ex. Comp. 
J. J. Gardner, P.G.S.N., as District Secretary. His helpful 
suggestions and continued interest have been of great benefit 
to me. 


Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior. — On May 6th I 
paid my first official visit of the year to this, the youngest 
Chapter of the District. This Chapter has laboured under very 
adverse circumstances in that out of the ten regular meetings 
six have fallen on holidays, but regardless of the fact that 
there had been a Silver Jubilee Celebration in Arnprior that 
day, we were greeted by Ex. Comp. Dr. McKerracher and 
fourteen loyal Companions. Your representative, with 
eighteen visitors, was given a most cordial welcome. There 
was no candidate available, but the different parts of the work 
were explained and proof was established that the officers 
were both willing and capable. More will be heard from this 
Chapter in future. Companion H. G. Gardner is to con- 
gratulated upon the manner the books of the Chapter are 

Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte. — Accompanied by 
twenty-six visiting Companions, I made my official visit to 
this, my Mother Chapter, on Thursday, May 9th. After the 
opening ceremonies I was introduced by V. Ex. Comp. Pollock. 
The H.R.A. Degree was exemplified in a most efficient man- 
ner by Ex. Comp. Barclay, V. Ex. Comp. Washburn and the 
officers of the Chapter. Granite Chapter has enjoyed marvel- 
lous success this year and prospects for the future are excel- 
lent. I had the pleasure of making presentations to V. Ex. 
Comps. Pollock and Washburn. I was assisted by Ex. Comp. 
Pollock ,of Maple Chapter, son of V. Ex. Comp. Pollock. The 


records of the Chapter are well kept by Comp. E. J. Lee, the 
Scribe E., and V. Ex. Comp. Washburn, the Treasurer. 

Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa. — On Monday even- 
ing, May 29th, I visited this Chapter, the home of R. Ex. 
Comp. Jackson, Past Grand Superintendent. Together with 
thirty some visitors from the District, I was introduced by 
R. Ex. Comp. Jackson and cordially welcomed by Ex. Comp. 
Orr on behalf of the Chapter. I had the pleasure of witnessing 
a beautiful exemplification of the H.R.A. Degree. Ex. Comp. 
Orr and his officers are certain to uphold the honour of 
Capitular Masonry. They were assisted by R. Ex. Comp. 
Jackson, V. Ex. Comp. Anderson and Ex. Comps. Shaler Hill 
and John Meldrum. Steps were taken at this meeting to ar- 
range for a celebration later in the year, of the fiftieth anni- 
versary. The slogan for the anniversary was to be " Fifteen 
New Royal Arch Masons." One must not pass up this op- 
portunity to congratulate this Chapter on its selection of a 
Scribe E. in the person of V. Ex. Comp. A. H. McKee, whose 
untiring efforts add much to the success. After the meeting 
we retired to the Masonic Banquet Hall, where eighy-two mem- 
bers and visitors joined in a profitable hour which brought an 
excellent meeting to a happy closing. 

Maple Chapter, No. 116, Carleton Place. — From the 
time of my appointment as Grand Superintendent, I looked 
forward to my visit at Maple Chapter with a great deal of 
pleasure, because at the hands of some of these good Chapter 
workers I was made a Mason in St. John's Lodge, in 1916. 
With representatives from Ottawa, Perth and Almonte I was 
introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Hooper and made welcome by 
Ex. Comp. Pye and his proficient staff of officers. The work 
of the evening was the exemplification of the M.M.M. Degree. 
This was carried out in the manner which has made Maple 
Chapter one of the leading lights in the District. One must 
mention that Ex. Comp. Sam Berryman was again occupying 
the chair of Scribe N. Ex. Comp. Berryman was one of the 
charter members of Granite Chapter when it came to Almonte, 
and the Companions in Almonte join with me in wishing him 
many years to continue in the work. R. Ex. Comp. Dr. 
Mcintosh was one I sorely missed on the occasion of my visit, 
owing to illness. We are all pleased to note his return to 
health and continuance in Masonic service. The books of the 
Chapter are kept neatly and up to date by V. Ex. Comp. Harry 


Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russell. — On June 7th, 
accompanied by Companions from Almonte and Ottawa, I paid 
my official visit to this Chapter. After the opening of the 
Chapter I was officially introduced and royally welcomed by 
the Companions. Owing to local conditions there was no 
"material" present, but the officers, wishing to prove their 
continued ability to confer the "work", exemplified the H.R.A. 
Degree in a most proficient manner. I had the distinguished 
pleasure of presenting' a Past Z.'s Jewel to retiring First Prin- 
cipal. This Chapter, with its excellent quarters and efficient 
officers, should shortly make rapid strides. The books are well 
kept by their able Scribe E., Ex. Comp. Andy Walker. The 
toast to Grand Chapter was introduced by Comp. Latimer, who 
has since been elected as D.D.G.M. of the Ottawa Masonic 

Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, Renfrew. — Monday 
June 17th, was the evening appointed for my official visit to 
this Chapter. I was accompanied by Companions from Arn- 
prior, Pembroke and Almonte. After the Chapter was opened 
I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Morrison and received a 
cordial welcome" from Ex. Comp. Thompson and his Officers. 
This Chapter has suffered greatly this year in the loss of their 
Scribe E., Ex. Comp. Loken, who was called suddenly to the 
"Great Reward" His duties have been taken over by R. Ex. 
Comp. Morrison. There was no degree work, but a "ques- 
tionnaire" hour was spent profitably. Principally would I 
refer to that of Ex. Comp. Comba, of Almonte, on "Masonry 
as it affects present day life". 

St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill. — On May 
3rd I visited this Chapter "unofficially" at the request of the 
Companions. It turned out to be a wonderful evening and I 
had the privilege of meeting many new Companions. The 
work of the evening was the H.R.A. Degree. On Sept. 6th I 
visited them officially, when I was heartily received by Ex. 
Comp. Macintosh and his Officers and Companions. Since the 
furniture, etc., of St. John's Chapter came from Ireland, as 
well as the "stone", the old work was used and proved very 
interesting, and was well done. This Chapter is prospering 
under capable and enthusiastic officers and much good work 
can be expected. 

Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa. — The evening of 
Sept. 18th was chosen for my official visit to this great Chap- 
ter. After the opening ceremonies I was introduced by R. Ex. 


Comp. F. G. Smith, and most cordially welcomed by Ex. Comp. 
T. C. Millar on behalf of the Officers and Companions. The 
M.E.M. Degree was exemplified for inspection and the officers 
and those who assisted them ably kept up the esteemed repu- 
tation of their Chapter. The records and books are a model 
of neatness, and clearly manifest the ability and Masonic 
spirit of the V. Ex. Comp. George Powers, their Scribe E. In 
the banquet hall, after the meeting, a profitable hour was 
spent, with music and a delightful address by Ex. Comp. G. L. 
Comba, of Granite Chapter. 

Laurentian Chapter, No. 151, Pembroke. — I visited this 
Chapter on Sept. 19th and after being introduced by R. Ex. 
Comp. Bailey was extended a hearty reception from Ex. 
Comp. V. E. Ives and his Officers and Companions. No 
"material" was available for work, although a candidate was 
expected. An hour was spent in explanations and Masonic 
topics, after which we retired to the banquet hall, where some 
interesting and educational addresses were given, one of par- 
ticular interest being on the "Higher Degrees", by R. Ex. 
Comp. F. G. Smith, of Carleton Chapter. With the able 
officers and the interest manifested, this Chapter should make 
rapid progress. 

Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville. — On Sept. 27th 
I journeyed to Maxville to visit this Chapter. This is the only 
visit during my term where I had not a single acquaintance — 
but not for long. I was most enthusiastically welcomed 
and a most enjoyable and instructive evening was spent. 
They have had difficulties in securing new members, 
but this is now past history. Two applications came in 
that night, with more in sight. I am sure that Ex. Comp. 
R. A. Sewart and his Officers are proud of the merited success 
of their untiring efforts. 

Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, Perth. — By request 
my official visit to Prince of Wales was changed to Oct. 21st. 
After the opening of the Chapter, I was introduced and 
heartily welcomed by Ex. Comp. MacLaren and the Com- 
panions. The M.M.M. Degree was exemplified for inspection 
and I am sure that no candidate could have explained to him 
in a more proficient manner, the teachings embodied therein 
than by the officers of this Chapter. The books and records 
of the Chapter are most efficiently kept, and Ex. Comp. H. A. 
Dunne is to be congratulated, not only on this, but also in that 
he is the D.D.G.M. of the St. Lawrence District. Visitors 


were welcomed from Brockville, Smith's Falls, Carleton Place 
and Almonte Chapters. The main address was by Ex. Comp. 
R. E. Hicks, on "The History of Masonry in Perth". This was 
given at my request and was much enjoyed by all. 

St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smith's Falls. — Owing 
to rebuilding and moving conditions, My official visit was post- 
poned until Nov. 15th. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. 
A. E. MacGregor, and royally welcomed by Ex. Comp. J. C. 
Dowsett on behalf of the Companions. This Chapter is to be 
congratulated upon their new quarters. The remodelling work 
has all been done by the members themselves, and too much 
cannot be said of these Companions for their energies ex- 
pended in the interest of Masonry. Knowing the history of 
these faithful workers and the wise counselling of R. Ex. 
Comps. Gardiner and MacGregor, there is no gainsaying but 
that success will crown their efforts. The records of the Chap- 
ter could not be more efficiently kept than they are by V. Ex. 
Comp. McDonald. Several interesting addresses brought a 
very successful meeting to a close. 

The Annual District Church Service was held at St. 
Paul's Anglican Church, Almonte, on Sunday, June 9th, when 
over eighty Companions of the Royal Craft gathered at 
Granite Chapter Room and marched in procession to the House 
of God. R. Ex. Comp. Fred G. Smith acted as Director of 
Ceremonies. A most impressive address was delivered by R. 
Ex. Comp. Thos. McKimm, P.G.S. Ontario District, No. 10. 

Installation of Officers. — On Thursday, Dec. 12th, I 
had the honour of installing the Officers of Granite Chapter. 
Assisting in the ceremony were V. Ex. Comp. Washburn and 
Ex. Comps. Lodge and Comba. Owing to illness I was unable 
to perform the installation ceremonies at St. Francis Chapter, 
but V. Ex. Comp. Washburn and Ex. Comps. Lodge and Comba 
assisted R. Ex. Comp. A. L. MacGregor in performing that 

Anniversary Celebrations. — Special reference must be 
made to the 75th Anniversary of Carleton Chapter, No. 16, 
Ottawa. The work of the three degrees was exemplified by 
teams composed of Carleton Chapter members only. The 
M.M.M. Degree, in the old form, by Past Z.'s of over twenty- 
five years standing. The M.E.M. Degree by a picked team of 
members of the Chapter, and the H.R.A. Degree by the pre- 
sent Officers of the Chapter. At this meeting the Most Ex. 


the Grand Z. was present, and following the banquet delivered 
a most impressive and instructive address. Over two hun- 
dred Grand Chapter Officers and Companions throughout the 
District gathered to pay homage to this, our oldest Chapter. 

Also the 15th Anniversary of Ottawa Chaper, No. 222, 
Ottawa, when the H.R.A. Degree was exemplified by the first 
officers of the Chapter 

I had the privilege of being an honoured guest at both of 
these occasions. 

In conclusion, I wish to express my sincere thanks to the 
Officers and Companions of the District for their hearty co- 
operation during my year of office ; to the members of Granite 
Chapter who were always ready to accompany me, and par- 
ticularly may I mention V. Ex. Comp. Washburn, who only 
missed one meeting, and to R. Ex. Comps. J. T. Jackson, A. L. 
MacGregor, C. M. Forbes, Fred G. Smith and J. J. Gardiner, 
whose kindly counsel was to me a great tower of strength. 
May I ask for my successor your continued loyalty and support. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

Wallace M. Johnson, Almonte, 

Grand Supt. Ottawa District, No. 1,3. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have great pleasure in submitting my report on the con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry in Algoma District, No. 14, for 
the year 1935 . First, let me express my appreciation of the 
honour conferred on me by the District as a whole in electing 
me to the office of Grand Superintendent, and to the Most Ex. 
Grand Z. for his confirmation of their choice. My first duty 
was to appoint a District Secretary in the person of Ex. Comp. 
Robert Jamieson, a Past Principal of Fort William Chapter, 
No. 140, who through the term has fulfilled his duties faith- 
fully and efficiently, accompanying me on many official visits 
and assisting at various installations. 

Atwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainy River, and Alberton 
Chapter, No. 150, Fort Francis. — It was a pleasure to have 
the Most Ex. Grand Z. accompany me on my official visit to 
these two Chapters, which took place at a Joint Convocation 
held at Fort Frances, on June 28th. We were well received 
and royally entertained. The Most Ex. Grand Z. gave a most 
inspiring address to the Companions. In view of the loss sus- 
tained by Atwood Chapter, whose premises were burned down 
early in the year, this address was particularly encouraging, 
and has had the effect of giving them renewed energy in their 
efforts to re-establish themselves in new quarters. As this 
was a Joint Convocation, the address of the Grand Z. was the 
outstanding feature of the evening. Alberton Chapter con- 
tinues to function in an admirable manner and the records, I 
find, are well kept. The prospects are exceedingly good. 

Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora. — Accompanied by Ex. 
Comp. Jamieson, District Secretary, I visited Golden Chapter 
on September 20th. We were well received and introduced by 
R. Ex. Comps. Brenchley and Whittaker, veterans of the Chap- 
ter, still in active service. I had the pleasure of seeing the 
M.M.M. Degree conferred on two candidates, the work being 
done in a most efficient manner. I had the honour of invest- 
ing V. Ex. Comps. Stevenson and Tate with the regalia of 
Grand Asst. Dir. of Ceremonies and Grand Steward re- 
spectively. Golden Chapter is in a happy and prosperous 
condition, the books and records being kept in excellent shape 
by R. Ex. Comp. H. S. Galloway, Scribe E. It is also fortunate 
in having a First Principal of the ability of Ex. Comp. Duncan, 


who conducts the affairs of the Chapter in a very able man- 
ner. His capabilities as a host will long be remembered by 
both Ex. Comp. Jamieson and myself. 

Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort William. — I 
visited Fort William Chapter on December 6th, and was 
properly introduced by R. Ex. Comp. C. E. Watkins, and wel- 
comed to the East by Ex. Comp. Auld. As this is my own 
Chapter I am well acquainted with the able and efficient man- 
ner in which the ritualistic work is performed, and had the 
great pleasure of seeing the R.A. Degree conferred on a 
class of six. The interest of the Past Principals taking part 
in the work is most gratifying. At this Convocation the Officers 
for the year 1936 were installed in a most creditable manner 
by R. Ex. Comp. Cameron, assisted by a number of Past 
Principals, most of whom were Past Grand Superintendents. 
In R. Ex. Comp. Coles the Chapter has a most capable Scribe 
E. All the books and records are kept up to date, and in fault- 
less condition 

Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port Arthur. — Visited this 
Chapter on the 11th of December, with Ex. Comp. Jamieson, 
and was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. S. W. Ray, the Grand Old 
Man of Masonry in this District, in his most genial manner. 
Ex. Comp. J. W. A. Ferguson gave us a cordial welcome to the 
East. After the regular business of the evening I had the 
privilege of assisting in the Installation of Officers for 1936, 
which was conducted by a number of Past Principals under 
the leadership of R. Ex. Comp. Harold Stanworth. I found 
the books of the Chapter in excellent condition, and most ably 
kept by R. Ex. Comp. A. P. Freed, Scribe E. Having seen 
the M.M.M. and M.E.M. Degrees conferred on former visits, 
I have no hesitation in saying that the ritualistic work is all 
that can be desired. 

Considering present conditions, I feel that most of the 
Chapters in District No. 14 are progressing favourably, and 
the outlook for Capitular Masonry is a good deal brighter. In 
closing I again tender my sincere thanks to all Companions for 
the many kindnesses and courtesies extended to me during 
my term. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

T. W. Love, 
Grand Supt. Algoma District, No. 14. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour and pleasure to submit herewith my re- 
port on the condition of Capitular Masonry in New Ontario 
District, No. 15, for the year 1935. 

I desire, however, to preface my report by expressing, al- 
though having done so by letter and verbally during my official 
visits, my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Companions 
of the District for the honour conferred on me in electing me 
as Representative of the Grand Z. for the year now drawing 
to a close. As I stepped over the threshold of my official year, 
it was with a certain amount of fear and trepidation as to 
whether I would be able to merit the confidence reposed in me 
by the District. However, I soon found that before I had 
travelled far along the highway of my duties that my fears 
were mostly illusionary and what at first appeared to be a 
mountainous task became a most pleasant task. This magic 
change was largely the result of the unfaltering loyalty and 
assistance of the First Principals and Scribes E. of all the 
Chapters, together with the loyal support of the Past Grand 
Superintendents, particularly those of later years. 

One of my first duties was to appoint Ex. Comp. E. W. 
Hitchcock, Past First Principal of Algonquin, to the office of 
District Secretary. Ex. Comp. Hitchcock has been, and is still, 
one of the Soo's most active Masons in all branches of the 
Order ,and he has been a very valuable and efficient assistant 
throughout the year. 

I made a resolution on entering my year of office to hold 
a Chapter of Instruction, similar to the one held in 1933 by 
Past Grand Superintendent Wm. Rubenstein. It was largely 
by the loyal support of the First Principals and Officers of the 
various Chapters, that I was able to hold same in Sudbury on 
September 14th. I will give particulars in my report on Tus- 
can Chapter. I recommended the holding of a Chapter of In- 
struction for our District every year, as our District is one of 
the largest geographically in our whole Grand Chapter, and 
the Chapters being so isolated from each other, a Chapter of 
Instruction is practically the only means of them holding 
fraternal visits with each other and bringing together the 
Companions of the District for educational and social 
privileges, I extended a cordial invitation to hold the next one 
in Sault Ste. Marie. 


Before reporting my Visitations, I wish to conclude this 
preface by mentioning" the sterling worth of the Scribes E. of 
the various Chapters, who are all well skilled in their duties, 
I found their books and records to be in A-l shape and render- 
ing loyal support to their respective Chapters. 


Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury. — I combined my official 
visit to Tuscan Chapter with the Chapter of Instruction held 
in that city on September 14th. In the afternoon St. John's 
Chapter, North Bay, in charge of Ex. Comp. Jas. Milligan and 
nis Officers conferred he M.MM. Degree, and was followed by 
the conferring of the M.E.M. Degree by Tuscan Chapter, Sud- 
bury, in charge of Ex. Comp. C. 0. Maddock and his Officers. 
These two degrees were conferred in a most efficient manner. 
Tuscan Chapter was host to the Companoins of Sault Ste. 
Marie and North Bay at a 6.30 o'clock dinner. In the evening 
I was officially received by Tuscan Chapter. I was accom- 
panied by R. Ex. Comps. W. J. Warwick and H. M. Stevenson, 
and after being introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Warwick I was 
extended a very cordial welcome by the First Principal and 
Companions of the Chapter. To Algonquin Chapter, Sault Ste. 
Marie, fell the honour of conferring the Supreme Degree of 
the Holy Royal Arch. The First Principal and his Officers 
excelled themselves in the exemplification of this degree. In 
all the degrees, the Officers were assisted by a number of Past 
First Principals, including the following Past Grand Superin- 
tendents: R. Ex. Comps. Dr. B. F. Nott, H. J. McAuslan, of 
St. John's ; R. Ex. Comps. W. J. Warwick and H. M. Stephen 
son, of Tuscan, and R. Ex. Comps. J. B. Way, Geo. S. Cowie, 
Wm. Rubenstein, of Algonquin. After Chapter was closed, 
Tuscan Chapter was again hosts to the visiting Companions 
to a supper, which was followed by a short programme in 
charge of R. Ex. Comp. Stephenson. I wish to express my 
sincere thanks to Tuscan Chapter for their loyal support and 
kind hospitality in helping to make the Chapter of Instruction 
a success and I trust of much educational and social value for 
all who attended. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 103, North Bay. — On October 
3rd I paid my official visit to these Companions, and from the 
moment I arrived until I left I was most royally entertained. 
It seemed that Ex. Comp. Milligan and my good old friend 
Doc. Nott couldn't do enough to make my stay a most pleasant 
one, even taking me out in the afternoon to see the world-famed 


Quintuplets. In the evening I was officially received, having 
as my escort R. Ex. Comps. Foster, Nott, McAuslan and V. 
Ex. Comp. A. Torrance. After being introduced by R. Ex. 
Comp. Foster, I was extended a most hearty welcome by the 
First Principal, Ex. Comp. Milligan. It was then my privilege 
to witness the exemplification of the Supreme Degree of the 
Holy Royal Arch by the Officers, assisted by R. Ex. Comps. 
Nott, McAuslan and Foster, and was exceptionally well done. 
The Mystical Lecture given by R. Ex. Comp. Foster was most 
impressive. Capitular Masonry in North Bay is in a good 
healthy condition at the present time and I look forward with 
confidence for St. John's contiinued success. 

Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, Mattawa. — I was much dis- 
appointed in not getting to Mattawa. I had planned to drive 
over during my stay in North Bay, but Ex. Comp. Betts, of 
Pembroke Chapter, was called to North Bay on business that 
day. I had a nice visit with Ex. Comp. Betts in Doc. Nott's 
office, and he informed me that there were only two members 
in Mattawa that day and advised against me making the trip. 
There are only five resident members and it is impossible to 
hold any Convocations, without getting members residing else- 
where. They only held one meeting during the year. It is 
unfortunate that this Chapter has become more or less dor- 
mant, but Ex. Comp. Betts informed me that he has hopes of 
a revival in Capiular Masonry in Mattawa and increased mem- 
bership in Pembroke Chapter on account of a large lumbering 
industry about to start operations. The financial condition of 
the Chapter is good, and I sincerely hope that Pembroke Chap- 
ter may not be disappointed in the anticipation and much de- 
sired increase in membership. 

Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie. — I de- 
ferred my visit to my home Chapter until the last, particularly 
at the request of the First Principal, as he wished to have a 
candidate for the M.M.M. Degree the evening I made my visit, 
which was on October 25th. Although no formal introduction 
was necessary, I was formally introduced by R. Ex. Comps. 
Dr. H. F. Goodfellow and Wm. Rubenstein, after which I was 
extended a most cordial welcome by the First Principal, Ex. 
Comp. Waddle, in his usual well chosen vocabulary, and my 
reception by the Companions will always remain fresh in my 
memory. It being the evening of the regular monthly Convo- 
cation, I gave a paper on the "Traditions of the Holy Royal 
Arch". After Chapter was closed, a Lodge of Mark Master 
Masons was opened and the M.M.M. Degree was conferred by 


the First Principal and his Officers, assisted by a number of 
the Past First Principals. The degree was exemplified in a 
very creditable manner, and the candidate could not help of 
having been much impressed. On acocunt of Keystone Lodge, 
A.F. & A.M., having celebrated their fiftieth anniversary a 
couple of nights previous, the attendance was not as large as 
it would otherwise have been, but what lacked in attendance 
was largely compensated by the spirit of Companionship that 
prevailed during the entire evening. At the regular Convo- 
cation in December, I was afforded the privilege and pleasure 
of Installing and Investing the Officers for the ensuing year. 

I endeavoured to impress upon the Chapters, by letter and 
verbally, the paramount question confronting Masonry to-day 
— "The severe decline in membership" — and to use well the 
broad mantle of charity before letting the axe of suspension 
fall too often. The depression is still with us, and although 
we may be slowly getting around the proverbial corner, yet 
there is still the aftermath, which will take years to eradicate. 
Another serious matter confronting all branches of Masonry 
is the lack of attendance, and I left a parting injunction to the 
Chapters of New Ontario District to do all possible to increase 
the attendance by personal invitation and bright, interesting 
meetings, and thereby awaken a new interest in Capitular 

In conclusion I wish to express my sincere thanks to my 
own Chapter for the loyal support tendered me throughout 
the year, and which was so tangibly expressed by 20 members 
accompaning me on the 205-mile motor trip to the Chapter of 
Instruction in Sudbury. I sincerely hope that the confidence 
placed in me, not only by the Companions of my own Chapter, 
but by the Companions throughout the entire district, has not 
been misplaced, and that my efforts, though perhaps feeble, 
may have been of some benefit to the Royal Craft. 

I bespeak for my successor the same courtesy, kindness and 
loyal support as that bestowed upon me during my tenure of 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

W. J. W. Johnston, 
Grand Supt. New Ontario District, No. 15. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to submit for your consideration my re- 
port as Grand Superintendent of Temiskammg District, No. 
16, for the year 1935. 

In the first place, permit me to express my deep apprecia- 
tion for the honour conferred on me by the Representatives for 
the various Chapters of the District in electing me to the office 
of Grand Superinendent, and by the Grand Z.„ for ratifying 
their choice. 

My first official act was to appoint Ex. Comp. H. George 
Ginn as District Secretary. I am much indebted to Ex. Comp. 
Ginn for his loyal support. 

Official Visits 

I visited Temiskammg Chapter, No. 169, New Liskeard, on 
October 2nd, accompanied by R. Ex. Comp. W. Wees, Comp. 
C. Wood, and Comp.. J. Preston. This is the Mother Chapter 
of Capitular Masonry in this District and has always been a 
very active Chapter. 

The work of the evening was the conferring of the H.R.A. 
Degree, the chair being occupied by the First Principal, Ex. 
Comp. G. E. McKelvie. I was much pleased with the impres- 
sive manner in which the degree was conferred. 

A very pleasant hour was spent around the festive board at 
the conclusion of the meeting. 

Cobalt Chapter, No. 103, Cobalt. — This is my Mother 
Chapter and I regret that I was not able to arrange a visit until 
their Installation of Officers on December 3rd. 

I was very warmly received by Ex. Comp. Wainwright and 
introduced by R. Ex Comp. F. H. Todd. 

I will long remember the very pleasant time spent with 
the Companions. 

Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins. — I visited 
this Chapter on May 15th, accompanied by R. Ex. Comp. W. 
Wees, Ex. Comp George Doggett, and Ex. Comp. Hayden Rood. 

About fifty Companions were present and my address to 
the Companions was received in a very enthusiastic manner. 

The work of the evening was conducted by Ex. Comp. 
Beattie. The H.R.A. Degree was conferred in a most 
exemplary manner. The officials of this Chapter all seemed 
efficient and enthusiastic in their work. The records are in 


excellent shape, being in the hands of R. Ex. Comp. P. Ramsay. 

Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, Iroquois Falls. — I visited this 
Chapter on June 28th„ and was very warmly received by Ex. 
Comp. Grunnett. This Chapter have not had a candidate for 
Exaltation for over a year, but they are keeping their work up, 
and are assured of a brighter future. 

Cochrane Chapter, No. 244, Cochrane. — I paid my 
official visit and presided at the Installation of Officers of this 
Chapter on December 10th. I was very warmly received by 
Ex. Comp. J. A. Foster in the absence of the First Principal, 
Ex. Comp. C. Roy. 

This Chapter is handicapped by having a small local mem- 
bership and some of the members on shift work. The Chapter 
is in excellent hands, and I was pleased to find all the Past 
Principals taking active part in the affairs of the Chapter. 

Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake. — This is 
the Baby Chapter of the District, and I am particularly in- 
terested in its progress, as I was active in the formation of 
this Chapter in 1930. 

I made my official visit to this Chapter on November 13th, 
and was introduced by Ex. Comp. H. George Ginn, and very 
cordially received by Ex. Comp. Goddard. The Officers were 
installed on December 11th, and it was my pleasure to act as 
Installing Z. 

This Chapter is in excellent hands and has a very bright 

In my addresses to the Companions throughout the District, 
I spoke on the very important connection, or affiliation, which 
should exist between the Church and Masonry, and appealed 
to the Companions to stick by their respective churches. 

In the friendships made and renewed during this eventful 
year, and the fraternal contact with the Companions of Temis- 
kaming District, I have accumulated a rich store of precious 
memories which will forever remain with me. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

H. B. Hawley, 
Grand Supt. Temiskaming District, No. 16. 

Kirkland Lake, Ontario, January 8, 1936. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada : 

In submitting this my report for the year 1935, I would 
first like to express my very sincere appreciation of the honour 
conferred on me by the Companions of Klondike Chapter, No. 
154, in electing me to the office of Acting Grand Superintendent 
for the Yukon Territory, and also for the confirmation of the 
same by the Most Excellent the Grand Z. 

Having been away from the Territory during the greater 
part of this year I only had the opportunity of visiting un- 
officially at the last Convocation, and although there was no 
degree work, I know all the officers personally and know their 
ability in putting on the work when necessary. The opening 
and closing work was done in good form and in a very impres- 
sive manner. 

I examined the books, which are under the supervision of 
Ex. Comp. T. A. Firth, and found them kept in an excellent 
and neat manner and in accordance with the constitutions. 
The paraphernalia is also kept in very good condition and is 
sufficient for all degrees. 

Financially, however, I find that the Chapter is not in a 
very strong condition, but with careful handling, which the 
present officers are certainly capable of, and with brighter 
conditions always looming in the near future, this Chapter 
may still look forward to better prosperity. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

John Halliburton, 
Grand Supt. Yukon Territory, No. 17. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. S. S. Forbes, and — 

Resolved, — That the reports of the Grand Superintendents of the 
Districts be referred to the Committee on Condition of Capitular Ma- 
sonry, to report later at this Convocation. 



Letters and telegrams conveying fraternal greetings and 
expressing regrets for non-attendance were received from: — 

Most Wor. Bro. A. J. Anderson, KC, M.P., Grand Master 
of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

R. Wor. Bro. Wm. Logan, Grand Secretary. 

Most 111. Comp. Rev. A. S. H. Cree, Past Grand Master of 
Supreme Grand Council of the Western Jurisdiction of 
Canada, Royal and Select Masters. 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, Chairman of Committee on 
Audit and Finance. 

V. Ex. Comp. Archibald J. Stringer, Grand Representative 
of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts. 

Most Ex. Comp. Franz K. Hall, Grand High Priest of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio. 

Most Eminent Sir Knight W. M. Archibald, Grand Master 
of the Sovereign Great Priory of Canada. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Hartung, Grand Representative of 
the Grand Chapter of Canada, near the Grand Chapter of 

Most Ex. Comp. Albert T. Hanby, Grand High Priest of 
the Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania. 

R. Ex. Comp. Francis B. Reilly, Grand Scribe E. of the 
Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ed. W. Rolle, Grand Representative of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada, near the Grand Chapter of New 

R. Ex. Comp. Geo. Syme, Grand Scribe E. of the Grand 
Chapter of Manitoba. 

R. Ex. Comp. Raymond T. Sewall, Grand Secretary of the 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts. 

From the Principals' Association, Mayor and others of the 
City of Toronto ; Principals' Association, Mayor and others of 
the City of Windsor; requesting the holding of the Seventy- 
ninth Convocation at their cities. 

Most Ex. Comp. George Moore, our Senior Past Grand Z., 
conveying cordial greetings and expressing regrets. 

All the above communications were ordered filed. 


Fraternal Correspondence 

M. Ex. Comp. W. N. Ponton, Chairman of the Committee 
on Fraternal Correspondence, presented the same, and re- 
quested that the delegates in attendance read the report. They 
contained excellent advice. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. W. N. Ponton, and — 

Resolved, — That the report on the Fraternal Correspondence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 


Nominations were then called for by the Grand Z. for the 
elective officers of Grand Chapter, and the next place of 

Grand Chapter Called Off 

Grand Chapter was called at 10.30 p.m. from Labour to 
enable the Companions and their ladies to enjoy a social even- 
ing in the Ball Room of the Hotel Leonard, provided by the 
Companions of St. Catharines and District. 

Labour Resumed Wednesday, February 26th, 1936, 

At 10 a.m. the Grand Chapter was called on and resumed 

Grand Superintendents — 1936 

R. Ex. Comp. Edgar Ashton McCubbin St. Clair District No. 1 

132 Rankin Boulevard, Sandwich, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Joseph Cushman London " 

20' Redan St., London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Herbert Monteith Wilson " 

Box 604, Paris, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Warren Rutherford Wellington " 

22 Lansdowne Ave. S., Gait, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Russell Huxtable Hamilton " 

99 Balsam Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Henry Baptist Montford Tichborne Huron " 

Trafalgar St., Goderich, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Frank Hays Niagara " 

Smithville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick James Johnson Toronto East " 

111 Lakesihore Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Robert Hughes Toronto West " 

66 Dearbourne Ave., Toronto, Ont. 


R. Ex. Camp. Frederick Charles Bendell Georgian District No. 9 

Box 620, Collingwood, Ont. 
R. Ex. Camp. Robert Cecil Nugent Ontario " " 10 

Lindsay, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Gilbert Bedford Bedford Prince Edward ." " 11 

Stirling, Ont. 
R. Ex. Camp. William Root St. Lawrence " " 12 

40 Pine St., Brockville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Walker Ottawa " " 13 

Box 180, Russell, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Austin Cameron Algoma " " 14 

Rainy River, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Edgar Lawrence Moore. New Ontario " " 15 

32 Worthington St., North Bay, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Horace Jones - Temiskaming " " 16 

Box 140, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Samuel McCormick Yukon Territory " " 17 

Dawson City, Yukon Territory. 

The newly-elected Grand Superintendents were subse- 
quently given the necessary instructions as to duties pertain- 
ing to their office, by the Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. George L. 
Gardiner, and the Grand Lecturer, R. Ex. Comp. Morgan 


February 1st, 1935, to January 31st, 1936. 

Received by Grand Scribe Amounts paid — Cheques 

E. from Chapters on and Cash _ $11,592.05 

account of Dues, Fees, Benevolent Grants 2,760.00 

etc — _ $10,568.05 Excess Receipts over 

Interest on Investments Payments 299.05 

and Bank Balances 4,083.05 See below (A) 

$14,651.10 $14,651.10 


Investments — Feb. 1st, Investments — Jan. 31st, 

1935, at cost per last 1936, at cost, as per 

accounts $89,791.45 schedule - $89,791.45 

Purchases - „ - 

$89,791.45 $89,791.45 


January 31st, 1936, Capital: 

At Canadian Bank of Commerce — Current $ 128.03 

—Savings 9,264.14 

Incidental Account — Cash on hand 40.00 

$ 9,432.17 

Investments 89,791.45 


February 1st, 1935, capital: 

At Canadian Bank of Commerce— Current $ 7,124.03 

—Savings 1,966.26 

Incidental Account — Cash on hand - - 42.83 

$ 9,133.12 

Investments 89,791.45 


Increase — see above (A) _ - $ 299.05 


City of Hamilton Debenture, Interest 5%, payable Cost Far Value 
half-yearly, May 1st and November 1st; due 
May 1st, 1949. (Registered as to principal) $ 4,001.20 $ 4,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Conversion Loan Bonds, In- 
terest 4%%, payable half-yearly, May 1st and 
November 1st; due November 1st, 1958. (Fully 
registered) _ _ _ 3,135.00 3,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Conversion Loan Bonds, In- 
terest 4 1 /£>%, payable half-yearly, May 1st and 
November 1st; due November 1st, 1959. (Fully 
registered) _ .... _ _ 73,237.50 72,000.00 

National Trust Company, Limited, Guaranteed 
Trust Certificate, Interest 3%%, payable half- 
yearly, January 30th and July 30th; due Janu- 
ary 30th, 1941. (Fully registered). Bought 
January 30th, 1931 - * 2,000.00 2,000.00 

Dominion of Canada National Loan, Interest 5%, 
payable half-yearly, May 15th and November 
15th; due 1941. (Fully registered) _ 1,980.00 2,000.00 

Dominion of Canada 4%% Bonds, Interest payable 
half-yearly, May 1st and November 1st; due 
1958. (Principal registered) 2,919.00 3,000.00 

Canadian National Railway Bonds, Interest 5%, 
payable half-yearly, February 1st and August 
1st; due 1954. (Principal registered) 2,518.75 2,500.00 

$89,791.45 $88,500.00 

(Signed) E. J. Carter, C.A., Walter Price, 

Auditor. Grand Treasurer. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Camp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, and — 

Resolved, — That the Statement of the Grand Treasurer for the year 
1935 be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Companions: I herewith submit for your approval my 
seventh Annual Report as Grand Scribe E. 

The following* is a detailed account of the Receipts, Special 
Credits and Ledger Balances as of January 31st, 1936. 

I am very sorry to report that it was necessary to keep 
the Ledgers open for some days after the end of our Grand 
Chapter year although the Constituent Chapter year ended 
November 30th, 1935; the following were delinquent as of 
January 31st, 1936. 

No. 45 — Excelsior, Colborne. 
No. 86 — Macpherson, Meaford. 
No. 151 — Laurentian, Pembroke. 
No. 218 — Prince Edward, Shelburne. 
No. 240— ^Smithville, Smithville. 


Receipts and Ledger Balances. 

Year February 1st, 1935, to January 31st, 1936. 

No. Chapter. Amount 

1. Ancient Frontenac and 

Cataraqui „ $146.60 

2. The Hiram 131.00 

3. St. John's : 119.50 

4. St. Andrew and 'St. John 167.00 

5. St. George's 247.80 

6. St. John's _ 22.00 

7. The Moira 143.50 

8. King Solomon's 105.00 

15. Wawanosh 131.00 

16. Carleton 121.50 

18. Oxford 73.50 

19. Mt. Moriah _ 135.30 

20. Mt, Horeb 81.00 

22. Grenville 53.50 

23. Ezra 53.00 

24. Tecumseh 119.80 

26. St. Mark's 87.10 

27. Manitou 71.50 

28. Pentalpha 119.50 

29. McCallum 49.40 

30. Huron 73.00 

31. Prince Edward 52.50 

32. Waterloo 75.50 

34. Signet 88.00 




$ .50 









$ 5/70 









35. Keystone 

36. Corinthian 

37. Victoria 

40. Guelph 

41. Harris 

44. Mt. Sinai 

45. Excelsior „... 

46. St. James _... 

47. Wellington 

48. St. John's 

53. Bruce _ 

54. Palestine 

55. Niagara .._ 

56. Georgian 

57. King Hiram 

58. Pembroke 

59. Sussex 

60. Doric 

61. Granite 

62. York 

63. Havelock 

64. Willson 

65. St. Paul's 

66. The Malloch 

67. Enterprise 

68. Maitland 

69. Grimsby _ 

70. Grand River 

71. Prince of Wales 

72. Keystone 

73. Erie 

74. Beaver 

75. St. Clair 

76. Mt. Nebo _ 

77. Occident 

78. Minnewawa 

79. Orient 

80. Ark 

81. Aylmer 

82. Shuniah 

83. Ionic 

84. Lebanon 

86. Macpherson 

88. MacNaibb 

90. Golden 

91. Antiquity 

94. Midland „ 

95. Tuscan 

100. St. Lawrence ... 

102. Algonquin 

103. St. John's 

104. White Oak 

110. Warkworth 

112. St. John's 

113. Covenant 

144 50 



55 80 






61 50 




32 00 

110 50 


140 50 





110 30 






























































114 Bonnechere 






115. Brant 


116. Maple 

117. Kitchener 


119. King Cyrus 

129. Elliott 

130. Chantry 

131. Amabel 


132, Leeda 

133. St. Francis 



134. King Darius 

135. Suceoth 

138. Shekinah 


139. St. Andrew's 

140. Fort William 

143. Glengarry _ 

144. Presqu 'lie 

145. The St. Patrick 



146. Bernard _ 

147. Lucknow 


148. St. John's - 


149. Atwood _ _ 

150. London .._ 

151. Laurentian 


152. Alberton ,._ 


153. Sombra 

154. Klondike _...._ 


155. Ancaster 

161. Madoc 

163. The Beaches _ 


164. Lome _ 

167. Kichekawana _ _ „. 


168. Ionic 


169. Temiskaming 

175. The Hamilton 








184. Hugh Murray 

185. The Toronto „ 


195. Peel 

198. Couchiching _... 

203. Cobalt 

205. Victoria 


210. Kitchener „ 

212. Mt. iSinai 





213. Northern Lights 

214. Vimy 

215. Mimico 

217. St. Alban's 


218. Prince Edward 

219. Ulster 




220. Lebanon 

221. Durham 

222. Ottawa 


223. Abitibi 

224. Keystone .._ - 



225. Beaver 



226. Prince of Wales 


227. Quinte Friendship 


230. Port Credit 


231. The St. Clair 


232. King Cyrus 


233. Oakwood 


234. Halton 


235. Aurora 


236. Caledonia 


238. The St. Andrew 

239. Blenheim 


240. Smithville 


241. University 


242. St. Paul's 


243. McKay „.... 


244. Cochrane 

245. Preston _.... 


246. Humber 


247. Nilestown 


248. Doehert 


249. Palestine 


250. Thomas Peters' 


251. Kirkland 


252. Hiawatha 


253. Regal 



Grand Chapter of Alberta 


Grand Chapter British Colum- 



Grand Chapter Manitoba 


Grand Chapter Quebec 


Grand Chapter Saskatchewan. 


Sundries _ _ 






7.50 179.50 








3.00 68.70 




1.00 1.00 



$257.00 $3,383.80 $ 29.40 

$14,651.10 $257.00 $3,473.20 $ 29.40 

I Chapter Returns received after January 31st, 1936, and not in the 
above statement: — 
Chapter No. 45— Excelsior _ $17.50 
Chapter No. 86— Macpherson 28.50 
'Chapter No. 151 — Laurentian 37.50 
Chapter No. 218— Prince Edward 32.00 
Chapter No. 240— Smithville 32.50 



Requests for Dispensations have been received and re- 
ferred to the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal as fol- 
lows, they total ninety: — 


Eighteen for permission to attend Divine Service. 

Twenty-four to change date of Regular Convocation or 
hour of Regular Convocation. 

Three to hold Emergent Convocations. 

Two permitting Chapters from Sister Jurisdictions to 
exemplify degrees. 

Ten dispensing with Regular Convocations during summer 
months, not provided by their By-Laws. 

Twelve for the advancement of officers, as required by 

Fifteen for the purpose of holding At Homes or Social 

Four for the Installation of Officers, other than the regular 
date provided by By-Law. 

One for permission to consider application from Brother 
who had lost an arm. 

Two requesting permission to hold Convocations in other 
than Masonic Hall, owing to the regular place of meeting 
having been destroyed by fire. 

Two requesting permission to receive applications for con- 
sideration, not a resident for one year. 

Four requests for Dispensations were received and con- 
sidered by the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal and 


The Grand First Principal has been pleased to approve the 
amendments to the By-Laws of the following Chapters: — 
Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, No. 1, Kingston, Ont. 
Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe, Ont. 
Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa, Ont. 
Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait, Ont. 
Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby, Ont. 
Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope, Ont. 
King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington, Ont. 
Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort William, Ont. 
The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, Toronto, Ont. 
Ionic Chapter, No. 168, Campbellford, Ont. 
The Northern Light Chapter, No. 203, Timmins, Ont. 
Victoria Chapter, No. 205, Thornhill, Ont. 
Aurora Chapter, No. 235, Aurora, Ont. 
University Chapter, No. 241, Toronto, Ont. 
McKay Chapter, No. 243, Stoney Creek, Ont. 
Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

annual convocation, st. catharines, 1936 111 

Exaltations and Losses 

The following table shows the present membership of 

Grand Chapter and a comparison with the years 1934 and 

Number of Chapters 159 

1934 (1933) 1935 (1934) 

Members, November 30th 23,021 21,931 

Registrations 265 278 

Joinings 52 46 

Restorations 25 34 

342 358 

Withdrawals 331 307 

Suspensions 754 688 

Deaths 347 391 

1,432 1,306 

Net Loss . 1,090 1,028 

Membership, November 30th (1934). 21,931 (1935) 20,903 

of which 3,512 are cummuted members. 

The Jurisdiction embraces 159 Chapters, distributed as 
follows : — 

Ontario 158 20,806 

Yukon Territory 1 97 

159 20,903 

The following Chapters show an increase in membership 
for the year of five or more: — 

Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville, Ont 7 

Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora, Ont 6 

Humber Chapter, No. 246, Weston, Ont. 5 

Nilestown Chapter, No. 247, Nilestown, Ont 5 

Thomas Peters' Chapter, No. 250, Windsor, Ont 6 

Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake, Ont 5 

Twenty-two Chapters show an increase. 

Seventeen Chapters show no change. 

One hundred and twenty Chapters show a decrease. 



During- the year I have had the pleasure of visiting many 
Chapters and Districts, and I appreciate the many courtesies 
shown, also the great pleasure of serving the Grand First 
Principal, not only from my office but also along with him 
upon his many fraternal visits. 

Fraternally submitted, 

Grand Scribe E. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Grand Scribe E. for the year 1935 
be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., and the Companions of 
the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Your Committee on Printing submits the following analysis 
of expenditure for the year ending January 31st, 1936: — 

Proceedings _ $ 943.57 

Amendments to Constitution 4.77 

Grand Chapter Officers' Stationery and Electros 47.70 

Grand Scribe E.'s Office Circulars 77.29 

Grand Scribe E.'s Office Stationery and Supplies 170.95 

Christmas Greeting Cards 38.00 

Circulars and Agenda re 77th and 78th Annual Con- 
vocation 107.86 

Rituals 1,053.64 


We would respectfully request that the following amounts 
be placed at the disposal of the Committee: — 

Proceedings and mailing $ 950.00 

Printing and Stationery 450.00 

Constitutions 135.00 


All of which is respectfully submitted. 

Jno. F. MARK, Chairman. 
W. J. W. Johnston, 
Edwin Smith, 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. John F. Marr, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Printing 
be received and adopted. 

Thanks to Credential Committee 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. John F. Marr, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Rev. T. McKim, and — 

Resolved, — That this Grand Body tender to the Credential Committee 
its thanks for the capable manner in which the several members of the 
Committee discharged the duties allotted to them. 


Historian Elected 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. S. S. Forbes, and — 

Resolved, — That Most Excellent Companion Col. W. N. Ponton be re- 
elected Grand Historian. 

Scrutineers of Ballot 

The Grand Z. appointed the following Scrutineers of the 
Ballot, who having been obligated by M. Ex. Comp. Walter 
Davis, assumed their office: — 

R. Ex. Comp. J. H. C. Woodward, Chairman. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. C. Reid, 

R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Summers, 

V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick, 

V. Ex. Comp. J. H. Teasell, 

Ex. Comp. R. A. McGeachy, 

Ex. Comp. L. H. Veale, 
R. Ex. Comp. W. G. Duench, 
V. Ex. Comp. W. R. Cooper, 

Ex. Comn. J. Taman, 
V. Ex. Comp. G. H. Martin, 

Ex. Comp. W. G. Cowan, 
V. Ex. Comp. H. E. Abell, 

Ex. Comp. G. Harrison, 

Ex. Comp. H. Baer, 

Ex. Comp. R. Law, 

Ex. Comp. L. Ingall, 
R. Ex. Comp. H. J. McCallum. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., and Companions of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada: 

The Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 
beg to report as follows: — 

R. Ex. Comp. John Burden, Grand Superintendent, has 
given the following Notice of Motion, viz.: — 

"That the following be added to section 140 of the Con- 
stitution: By adding after the word 'Dispensation' in the 
seventh line, on page 40, the words 'except that of Divine 
Service.' " 


R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ell wood has given the following- Notice 
of Motion, viz. : — 

The deletion of the whole section 142 and substituting the 
following: — 

"Members of the Executive Committee or any Committee 
or Commission appointed by the Grand Chapter or by the 
Grand Z., shall be allowed travelling expenses as provided by 
resolution of Grand Chapter, but no allowance be made for 
expenses beyond the nearest point of entrance in Ontario, to 
the place of meeting." 

Most Ex. Comp. George Moore has given the following 
Notice of Motion, viz.: — 

"That section 20 of the Constitution be amended to read 
'Third Wednesday in April' in place of the 'Fourth Wednesday 
in February.' " 

This section will then read as follows: — 

"The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter shall be 
held on the Third Wednesday in April at such place as may be 
selected by Grand Chapter at the previous Annual Convoca- 
tion, at the hour of ten o'clock in the forenoon". 

Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith has given the following 
Notice of Motion : — 

That the following be added to Section Eleven: — 

"The Grand Superintendent of the Seventeenth or Yukon 

To be added to Section Fifteen: — 

"The Grand Superintendent of the Yukon District shall 
be entitled to the temporary title of Right Excellent Com- 
panion during his term of office and to the past rank, pro- 
vided he has served a period of three successive years." 

And to be added to Section Eighteen: — 

"After the word 'Companion' on the eighth line, 'except as 
provided in Section Fifteen." 

M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Chas. W. Haentsehel has given the fol- 
lowing Notice of Motion: — 

Section 75. That the following be added after the words 
"select any Past Z.", in the fourth line, "who either is a mem- 
ber of the Chapter or a resident of the District, except that 
the Yukon Chapter may appoint a non-resident of their 

Section 76. By adding after the words "and Scribe E. of 
the Chapter", in the fourth line, "his acceptance as follows: 
"I accept the above appointment." 

Section 77. By adding after the words "more than one 
Chapter" in the first line, the following: "except in Algoma 


District where any Chapter may appoint a Proxy resident in 
the District who is not a member of the Chapter, but such 
Proxy shall not represent more than three Chapters". 

Section 79. By changing the word "thirty" in the second 
line of page 19 to "fourteen" and word "sixty" in the fourth 
section to "fourteen". 

Delete the whole of Section 80. By the adoption of the 
amendment of Section 76 the proxy form on page 83 of the 
Constitution is automatically amended. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills has given the following Notice of 
Motion :— 

That Section 281, page 73, of the Constitution be deleted, 
and the following substituted: — 

"The Jewel and Keystone of the Order are to be worn by 
Companions on the left breast either separately, or conjointly, 
on a gilt (or gold) and enamel Circle, suspended by a narrow 
crimson ribbon; for Principals and Past Z.'s of Constituent 
Chapters crimson ribbon with a centre of light blue, one-third 
the width; and for present and past officers of the Grand 
Chapter it may be tricolor corresponding with the collar, all 
jewels to be of gold or gilt." 

There is no legal objection to the above-mentioned motions 
going before the Grand Chapter. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

K. J. Dunstan, Chairman. 
Walter G. Price, 
Walter H. Davis, 
Edwin Smith. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Kenneth J. Dunstan, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Constitution, Laws 
and Jurisprudence, be received and adopted. 


At 12 o'clock noon Grand Chapter was "Called Off" to per- 
mit the Companions to cast their ballot for the elective officers 
and the next place of meeting. 


at 2.15 o'clock P.M. 
Election of Officers 
The Scrutineers reported the following election of officers : 

M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner _ Grand Z.] 

4 Dunloe Road, Toronto, Ont. | 

R. Ex. Comp. William Y. Mills Grand H. [Grand 

126 Princess St., Kingston, Ont. [Council 

R. Ex. Comp. Sidney S. Forbes Grand J.| 

165 Sanford Ave., South, Hamilton, Ont. J 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

Port Credit, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

582 Dufferin Ave., London, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Colonel William N. Ponton Grand Historian 

28 Bridge St., Belleville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Pickard Grand Scribe N. 

7 Woolfrey Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Grove H. Davis _ Grand Principal Sojourner 

9 Trafalgar Street, St. Catharines, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Tom Welch Grand Registrar 

573 Central Ave., London, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. John F. Marr, 

329 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John M. Empey, 

Mitchell, Ont 
R. Ex. Comp. Ed. H. Brennan, 

Johnson Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean, 

247 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, 

52 Markland St., Hamilton, Ont. 

Committee on Benevolence 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred G. Smith, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. A. D. Mclntyre, and — 

Resolved, — That the action of the Grand Z. in appointing V. Ex. 
Comp. R. B. Dargavel a member of the Committee on Benevolence to 
fill the unexpired term of the late R. Ex. Comp. J. B. Nixon be sus- 
tained; and that R. Ex. Comp. John J. Gardiner be re-elected a member 
for a period of three years. 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on 
Benevolence, and are members of the Executive Committee of 
Grand Chapter for their respective terms. 

R. Ex. Comp. George W. Slack retires in 1937. 
V. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel retires in 1938. 
R. Ex. Comp. J. J. Gardiner retires in 1939. 




To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Your Committee, appointed for the purpose of studying 
ways and means with the view of formulating some plan of 
activity along humanitarian lines, suggests that Grand Chap- 
ter should not sponsor any particular charity, but recommends 
that as soon as financial conditions permit an attempt should 
be made to increase our benevolent funds so that larger grants 
may be available for dependents of Royal Arch Masons. Your 
Committee suggests that the Committee on Benevolence be 
asked to report as to amount of funds required to adequately 
meet the requirements of all deserving cases brought to their 

Your Committee begs to further report that having studied 
the practical efforts of the Companions of the Toronto Dis- 
tricts, who, during the past four years, through their Welfare 
Committee, and without any financial assistance from Grand 
Chapter, or any Constituent Chapter, supplied transportation 
for children and wives of patients of the Samaritan Club from 
Toronto to Jackson's Point, which resulted in a saving of 
$700.00 each year thereby providing funds to assist under- 
nourished children during winter months, is of the opinion 
that such practical co-operative efforts are interpretative and 
characteristic of true Royal Arch Masonry, are worthy of 
recognition by Grand Chapter and of emulation by all districts 
within the Grand Jurisdiction, and therefore recommends that 
Grand Chapter, through its proper officers, instruct all Grand 
Superintendents to urge the adoption of similar practical work 
or such efforts as may be most suitable for their respective 

All of which is respectively submitted. 

K. J. DUNSTAN, Chairman. 
M. R. Griffith, 
John J. Gardiner, 
W. S. M. Enouy, 
John M. Empey, 
Walter G. Price, 
John M. Burden. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. K. J. Dunstan, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Royal Arch Masons' 
Welfare be received. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada : 

Your Committee on Audit and Finance has the honour to 
present its annual report as to the financial standing of Grand 
Chapter as at January 31st, 1936. 

Your Committee considers it unnecessary to burden the 
Printing Committee with the cost of printing a voluminous 
report but recommend that the Auditor's Report be printed in 
full, thus giving to Grand Chapter and the Constituent Chap- 
ters a comparison of Receipts and Expenditures for the years 
1935 and 1936, the Summary of Cash Receipts and Payments, 
and the General Balance Sheet. 

The Grand Treasurer's Report will cover the schedule of 
Grand Chapter investments and does not require repetition 
by this Committee. 

The following being the Auditor's Report: — 

Cash Receipts 
The Cash Receipts of Grand Chapter for the past two 
years have been as follows: — 

Year ended January 31st, Increase or 

1936 1935 Decrease 

From Certificates $ 288,00 $ 217.00 $ 71.00 I. 

Dues 9,375.50 9,733.45 357.95 D. 

Fees 288.00 217.00 71.00 I 

Dispensations and Warrants... 83.00 80.00 3.00 I 

Constitutions 79.60 69.90 9.70 I 

Sundries — 

Rituals 401.15 275.75 125.40 I 

Ceremonies 36.30 30.60 5.70 I 

Demits) 2,00 1.00 1.00 I 

Register 3.75 3.75 I 

Pictorial History 5.75 1.00 4.75 I 

Mark Books 5.00 5.00 I 

$10,568.05 $10,625.70 $ 57.65 D. 

Interest on Investments and 

Bank Balances 4,083.05 4,847.01 763.96 D. 

$14,651.10 $15,472,71 $821.61 D. 

The following Chapters did not make their returns before 
the end of the year: — 

No. 45. Excelsior, Colborne 

No. 86. MacPherson, Meaford. 

No. 151. Lauren tian, Pembroke. 

No. 218. Prince Edward, Shelbourne. 

No. 240. Smithville, Smithville. 


Outstanding balances due from Chapters total $3,473.20 
and in comparison with the total of last year, which amounted 
to $3,446.90, shows an increase of $26.30. Therefore, the net 
decrease in revenue for the year amounted to $795.31 after 
deducting special credits totalling $257.00. 

The expenses of Grand Chapter are shown below as com- 
pared with those of the previous year. v , , _ .. x 

Year ended January 31st, 

1936 1935 

Salaries „ $ 4,630.00 $ 4,630.00 

Foreign Correspondence 300.00 300.00 

Office Rent, Telephone, etc 835.81 723.52 

Bond Premiums and Insurance 16.70 16.70 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses (1935- 

1934) _...._ _ 357.53 256.76 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses (on ac- 
count) „....„ 90.56 10.00 

Grand Chapter Convocation — Special Expense 50.00 100.00 

Grand H. Expenses _ 12.65 _ 

Grand Z. Expenses _ L _ _ 808.80 455.20 

Convocation Expenses of Executive Committee 681.05 823.40 

Special Committee Expenses _ - 128.15 

Proceedings 950.23 961.95 

Constitutions _ _ 131.97 

Rituals 1,053.64 

General Printing and Stationery _ 380.12 434.57 

Audit and Financial Reports 200.00 200.00 

Flowers and Wreaths 12.00 24.30 

Grand Scribe E.— Incidentals 152.83 133.29 

Grand Scribe E.— Travelling _ 109.59 33.20 

Regalia and Repairs, Jewels and Engraving 472.39 65.43 

Honorarium to Grand Z _ 350.00 350.00 

Retiring Grand Z. Balance of Expenses 168.18 

$11,592.05 $ 9,818.47 
To which add: 

Benevolence _ - 2,760.00 2,805.00 

Pictorial History of Grand Chapter 2,802.76 

$14,352.05 $15,426.23 

Expenditures, exclusive of Benevolence and Pictorial History, were 
greater than those of last year by $1,773.58. 

The Capital of Grand Chapter has increased during the year by 
$299.05 as shown below. 

Total Receipts, including Interest $14,651.10 

Payments _ 14,352.05 


The effect of this increase is shown by: 

Cash in Bank and on Hand January 31st, 1936 $ 9,432.17 

Cash in Bank and on Hand February 1st, 1935 9,133.12 


annual convocation, st. catharines, 1936 121 


I have inspected the Investments and found them to be in 
order. Securities are lodged with the Canadian Bank of Com- 
merce, Queen Street Branch, Toronto, Ontario, in safety de- 
posit box No. 101. 

A detailed schedule of the Investments will be found at- 
tached herewith. 

All interest due on Investments and Bank Balances has 
been received and deposited in the Bank. This Income for the 
year ended January 31st, 1936, amounted to $4,083.05 as com- 
pared with $4,847.01 for the previous year, a decrease of 

Satisfactory vouchers properly approved have been seen 
covering- all disbursements as had been the customary pro- 
cedure of all previous audits. 

Every courtesy has been extended to me during the course 
of my audit and I have much pleasure in reporting that the 
books and accounts of Grand Chapter have been excellently 
kept by Grand Scribe E. and the Grand Treasurer. 

Year Ended January 31st, 1936 

Balances, February 1st, 1935 — 

In Canadian Bank of Commerce — 

Current Account _ $ 7,124.03 

Savings Account 1,966.26 

Incidental Account in hands of Grand Scribe E 42.83 

$ 9,133.12 

Receipts from Chapters: — 

Certificates $ 288.00 

Dues _ 9,375.50 

Fees 288.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 83.00 

Constitutions 79.60 

Sundries — 

Rituals $401.15 

Ceremonies 36.30 

Demits _ 2,00 

Pictorial History 5.75 

Mark Books _ 5.00 

Register 3.75 



Interest Received on Investments and Bank Balances 4,083. 0<5 





Benevolence $ 2,710.00 

" Inspection of _ 50.00 

$ 2,760.00 

Salaries _ $ 4,630.00 

Foreign Correspondence Report 300.00 

Office Rent, Telephone, etc 835.81 

Premium on Guarantee Bond and Insurance 16.70 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses, 1935 357.53 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses on Account, 

1936 _ 90.56 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses — Special 50.00 

Expenses of Executive Committee attending 1935 Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter 681.05 

Special Committee Expenses 128.15 

Grand H. Expenses 12.65 

Printing, Engrossing, etc.: — 

Proceedings $ 950.23 

Rituals 1,053.64 

General 380.12 


Audit and Financial Reports to January 31st, 1935 200.00 

Grand Z. Expenses 808.80 

Flowers 12.00 

Honorarium for I.P.G.Z 350.00 

Grand Scribe E.: — 

Office Incidentals $ 48.18 

Postage 75.95 

Exchange 14.65 

Express 14.05 

Travelling Expense 10TT5D 


Regalia for Past Grand Z.'s 171.03 

Veteran Jewels and Engraving 301.36 


Balances, January 31st, 1936 — 

In Canadian Bank of Commerce — 

Current Account $ 128.03 

Savings Account 9,264.14 

Incidentals Account in hands of Grand Scribe E. 40.00 

$ 9,432.17 



I have audited the books and vouchers of Grand Chapter for the 
year ended January 31st, 1936, and found them to be in order and I 
certify that the above is a correct summary of the Accounts. 

I also certify that I have inspected and found in order the In- 
vestments of Grand Chapter, the cost of same being $89,791.45, and the 
par value $88,500.00. 

(Signed) E. J. Carter, C.A., 

Sharp, Milne & Co., 

Chartered Accountants. 




Current Assets — 

Cash in Bank $ 9,392.17 

Cash on Hand 40.00 

$ 9,432.17 

Accounts Receivable (outstanding) 3,473.20 

Investments— at cost— (Market Value $96,743.75) 89,791.45 

Supplies for sale — 

Constitutions _ $ 2.11 

Rituals 879.00 

Ceremonies 125.76 

Demits 3.75 


Supplies for use — 

Certificates _ $ 205.16 

Jewels ( Veterans) _ 175.00 

Stationery (estimated) 40.00 


Office Furniture and Fixtures (estimated) $ 438.50 

Less Depreciation Reserve _ 87.70 


Grand Council Regalia (estimated) 200.00 



Accounts Payable Nil 

Chapter— Credit Balances $ 29.40 

Grand Chapter— Capital Account 104,649.00 


Note: — Stock of Pictorial History not included in above. 

Your Committee desires to call your attention to the 
Auditor's Statement, that the Cash Receipts for 1936 show 
a deficit of $821.61 as compared with 1935, while the expenses 
of Grand Chapter in 1936 exceeds those of 1935 by $1,773.58 
exclusive of Benevolence Grants and Pictorial History costs. 

We, your Committee, hereby beg to call the attention of 
Grand Chapter, to the large sums of money outstanding, due 
from the individual Chapters to Grand Chapter, and beg to 
recommend that immediate steps be taken to reduce same by 
a considerable extent. 

Two Day Session 

That as an emergency measure the Annual Convocation of 
Grand Chapter, including the meeting of the Executive Com- 
mittee, be confined to two days instead of three, to revert to 


the Constitution when general conditions justify, or at the 
future pleasure of Grand Chapter. 

Per Capita Tax on Unemployed 

That the Per Capita Tax payable by Constituent Chapters 
to Grand Chapter be revoked for the year 1936 on its unem- 
ployed Companions, who through misfortune are unable to pay 
their dues, provided that a satisfactory statement is furnished 
by the Constituent Chapters to the Grand Scribe E. under the 
Seal of the respective Chapters and signed by the First Prin- 
cipal and Scribe E., that the Chapter has remitted its dues. 

We submit for your approval the following budget estimate 
of expense for 1936-1937 :— 

Benevolent Grant $ 2,700.00 

Inspection „ 50.00 

Salaries G.S.E 3,600.00 

Office Assistance _ _ 780.00 

Honorarium for Grand Treasurer _ 250.00 

Foreign Correspondence _ 300.00 

Office Rent— Telephone, etc 700.00 

Bond Premium and Insurance „ _ 20.00 

Grand Chapter Expenses (1936) 730.00 

Executive Committee Expenses, 1936 - 700.00 

Printing Grand Chapter Proceedings 950.00 

General Printing, including Constitutions - 585.00 

Audit and Finance Reports - 200.00 

Grand Z.'s Expenses .... _ - 800.00 

Incidentals G.S.E. Office „ „ 150.00 

G.S.E. Travelling Expenses — District Meetings, etc 150.00 

Veterans' Jewels and Engraving 1 _ 50.00 

Flowers for Sick and Deceased ~_ - 25.00 

Two Past Grand Z.'s Regalia - 75.00 


As compared with the actual expenses of 1935 and 

1936 of - $11,592.05 

All of which is respectively submitted. 

Oliver Ellwood, Chairman. 

John M. Empey, Acting Chairman. 

Wm. Dowing, 

Wilfred G. Laing, 

R. E. Strain, 

Fred G. Smith, 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. J. M. Empey, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Audit and 
Finance be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada : 

The Committee on Benevolence have examined the applica- 
tions for relief and we recommend that an appropriation be 
made in the estimates for grants to the following: — 

Chapter No. 1— Daughter of A. S $ 60.00 

1— Widow of G. McN 60.00 

3— Widow of A. B. F _ 60.00 

3— Widow of J. G 60.00 

3— Widow of R. O _ 50.00 

4— Widow of G. P. E 80.00 

5— Widow of J. A. M 60.00 

5— Widow of J. B 60.00 

" 15— Widow of J. E. D 60.00 

" 46--Comp. W. H. E 100.00 

« 53— Daughter of J. S 60.00 

" 53— ^Comp. J. E. W 100.00 

« 54_Widow of A. F. MeC 60.00 

« 54— Widow of J. A. S 60.00 

" 59— Comp. C. N. E 100.00 

« 59— Widow of A. E. C 80.00 

« 63— Widow of M. M 60.00 

" 72— Widow of G. McF _ _ 60.00 

« 76— Widow of R. J. L 60.00 

« 77_widow of H. S. J _ 50.00 

" 82^Comp. of F. O'C 100.00 

« 91— Widow of R. J. R _ 100.00 

" 119— Widow of S. G 50.00 

" 145— Widow of E. S 50.00 

« 145— Widow of L. J. H 100.00 

" 145— Daughter of J. C - 60.00 

" 145— Widow of H. McL „ _ 80.00 

" 145— Widow of F. W _ 100.00 

" 163— Widow of R. A. M 50.00 

" 195— Widow of D. G. S 80.00 

" 215— iComp. J. L. B 100.00 

" 219— Widow of A. MacD 60.00 

" 231— Widow of J. W 60.00 

—Widow of R, H. S. (Special) 100.00 


Your Committee recommend that a further appropriation 
of $270.00 be made for Interim grants to cases of pressing 
need, which may arise before the next Annual Convocation of 
Grand Chapter. 

Your Committee respectfully suggest that the Officers of 
many of our Chapters should more carefully peruse the Rules 


respecting Grants for Benevolence before submitting applica- 
tions for consideration of Grand Chapter. We regret to report 
that we have received several applications which are incom- 
plete in many important details, and it will be necessary to file 
a new application which will comply with our Constitutional 
requirements before a cheque is issued to the beneficiary. 

It would greatly assist the work of your Committee if the 
Chapters would send complete and detailed information re- 
garding the circumstances of the applicant. We should all 
have one common aim to disburse the funds of Grand Chapter 
in order that we may bring a measure of comfort and con- 
solation to the more needs of our dependants. Your Com- 
mittee are of the opinion that it would aid the Chapters in 
giving us the necessary particulars if some changes were made 
in the form of the Application for Relief, and we therefore 
recommend that this Committee be authorized to submit for 
the approval of the Most Excellent the Grand Z., a revised 
form of Application, which will be used in the future in apply- 
ing for relief to this Grand Chapter. 

Your Committee appeal for a greater spirit of co-operation, 
and unification of effort so that in these trying days we shall 
share the misfortunes as well as the joys of our Companions. 
May we appreciate that in the final analysis true Masonic 
Charity is a personal matter. We have faith that the heart 
and soul of the Royal Craft is responsive to the call of the 
needy and distressed Companions, and we feel that the trials 
and vicissitudes of the past few years have evolved a more 
practical and constructive Freemasonry. We trust that this 
may prompt us to extend the horizon of our beneficient work, 
and with renewed enthusiasm we may fully discharge our re- 
sponsibilities. If we but press forward with prudence and de- 
termination, we shall find in the province of to-day new fields 
of effort and endeavour. 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. B. Dargavel, Chairman- 
John J. Gardiner, 
George W. Slack. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
by V. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, and — 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on Benevolence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada : 

In presenting- the annual report on the Condition of 
Capitular Masonry, your Committee is happy to say that 
harmony reigns supreme throughout the length and breadth 
of this Grand Jurisdiction, where the thoughts and the ex- 
periences of our membership are etched and moulded, and 
where the heart is fixed firm and stable in the belief, that 
althoug-h the clouds and mists have dimmed the view, yet ulti- 
mately the sunshine and the summer will again appear, and 
then with steady hand and unwavering eye mark the course 
anew, so that Royal Arch Masonry will shed its benign in- 
fluence and manifold blessings with renewed fervence and 

Again the Grand Superintendents have discharged their 
exacting duties with the fidelity which characterized those who 
have been charged with that responsibility in former times. 
They have been called upon to summons their fortitude, to hold 
communion with the soul and proclaim the higher understand- 
ing or reason which always throug'h affections of pleasure and 
duty are enlightening and enobling. In the words of the 
eloquent John Rankin, "When love and skill work together, 
expect a masterpiece", characterizes the excellent work of 
these indefatigable embassies of the Grand First Principal who 
have done their best ; who have not magnified trifling troubles ; 
who have looked resolutely, not at the bright side of things, 
but at things as they really are,- and in so doing- have enabled 
us to see more clearly that there are no moments like the 
present; that the man who will not execute his resolutions 
when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them 
afterwards; they will be dissipated, lost and perished in the 
hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of in- 
dolence, Who can conceive of a destiny in Royal Arch Ma- 
sonry surpassing the glories and stability of the present and 
the past — a destiny which meets the responsibilities of to-day 
and measure up to the possibilities of the future, as pictured 
by the rulers in our Craft who are in touch with every phase 
of its activity. Strong and resolute we can face the future 
with courage undismayed and a will to appreciate that it is 
throug-h grim energy and sometimes painful effort, we move 
on to better things. 

"God with His million cares 
Went to the left on right, 


Leaving the world; and the day- 
Grew night. 

Back from a sphere He came 
Over a starry lawn, 

Looking at our world; and the dark 
Grew dawn." 

— Norman Gale. 

Our numerical strength will be summarized in the report 
of the Grand Scribe E., and which tells us of increases in mem- 
bership in at least twenty-two Chapters. 


A careful analysis of the Grand Superintendents' reports 
impresses your Committee with the fact, that the joys and 
sorrows of others are ours as much as theirs, and that Royal 
Arch Masonry is meeting this situation by its gentle influence 
and material help. In giving to those who once thought the 
lamp of life to be burning dimly, it weaves fresh garlands and 
places them on the altar of Sacrifice for those who are less 

Beneath all this, there lingers in the least reflective mind a 
consciousness of having been befriended by a beneficient hand 
which is real, and that it is not glass beads or frost-work, 
but the reflection of the Brotherly Love which binds the in- 
stitution of Masonry to all mankind. 

During the past year few Chapters have failed to give 
tangible evidence of their faith in this service and of helping 
the never-ceasing flood who have found this life, not a paradise, 
but who have felt the thumb-screws of present want, exercis- 
ing a pressure which they, through their own efforts cannot 
release, thereby being forced to face the future with un- 

As an example of true philanthropic work, may I be per- 
mitted to briefly mention the donation of $2,000.00 which 
endows a cot in the Toronto Sick Children's Hospital by The 
St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, of Toronto, also the Chapters of 
this Grand Jurisdiction have disbursed Benevolence amounting 
to over $5,000.00, while Grand Chapter has augmented this 
sum by $2,760.00. This, your Committee is convinced, forms 
but a fraction of the total sum which might be well placed 
to the credit of this worthy work, which is going on and acts 
in obedience to the higher precepts of Nature. Charity speaks 
of the higher understanding or reason, and always through 
affections of pleasure and sympathy, and emphasizes the facts 
that life is but a fragment, a moment between two eternities, 


influenced by all that has preceeded, and to influence all that 

The work of the Benevolent Committee in the two Tor- 
onto Districts cannot pass without a word of appreciation and 
encouragement from this Grand Body. This Committee, may 
we remind you, provides transportation for mothers and 
children of families who are under the watchful care of the 
Gage Institute, to and from a summer rest home at Jackson's 
Point, Lake Simcoe. Many times, during the summer, could 
be seen the long ribbon of motor cars, filled with these hopeful 
people, wending its way under police escort, North and South 
on Yonge Street, fulfilling its mission of helpful kindness to 
those whose hearts throb for better times. To sum up the 
privilege which is ours, we quote from the report of a Grand 
Superintendent "in the transportation of these little tots and 
their mothers, the Committee receives unstinted praise from 
those benefited and the plaudits and admiration of all Com- 
panions of both Toronto Districts." 

Your Committee is hopeful that this praiseworthy work 
may be contagious and spread to many other Districts. 

So we say in the words of St. Paul to Timothy, which have 
echoed down the centuries : 

"They that do good, they that be rich in good works, 
"ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 
"Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation 
"against the time to come, that they may lay hold 
"on eternal life." 

Grand Superintendents' Reports 

It is again with abounding satisfaction that we place on 
record the appreciation of this Grand Body for the splendid 
work of these faithful labourers in the quarries of Capitular 
Masonry. They have, one and all, exhibited true specimens of 
their skill and ability, and in their reports, which are compiled 
extremely well, show a breadth of vision and understanding 
which it would be well to emulate. Each indicates a keen 
sense of gratitude and appreciation for the honour conferred 
upon him and an understanding of the dignity and high im- 
portance of the trust placed in his hands. These great minds 
have had purpose where others have only had wishes, and 
while little minds are tamed and subdued by difficulties, the 
stronger ones rise above them and point to the kind destiny 
that has thrown them upon his service of proclaiming that 
Royal Arch Masonry is the never-varying friend of man and 
constant messenger of peace and love. 


They tell of faithful services of Past Principals; the in- 
terest of the Companions; the upholding of the traditions of 
the past and point to the future with confidence, realizing as 
they do, that Royal Arch Masonry ranks high among the 
potent educating institutions of the world, in addition to con- 
stituting a bond that unites its members throughout the uni- 
verse into one great and helpful Fraternity. 

Some point to the commendable idea of opening punctually ; 
of varying the degrees on regular meeting nights and of the 
renewed interest of many of our older Companions. One report 
tells of the Past Z.'s of twenty years standing, conferring the 
M.M.M. degree; another points with pride to the fact that a 
candidate travelled 65 miles to get his degrees; that there 
were four sons in one Chapter; that the candidate was 84 
years young, while another relates his activity on behalf of 
Royal Arch Masonry, riding a bicycle. The enthusiasm does 
not stop here. One Grand Superintendent visited each Chapter 
in his District twice, some five times and presided at the In- 
stallation and Investiture of all of the Chapters in his District ; 
while another tells of 20 Companions travelling 205 miles to 
attend a Chapter of Instruction. 

These references are typical of the diligence of the Grand 
Superintendents and their reports reveal a zeal and zest for 
the performance of their duties which undoubtedly would be 
infectiously inspiring upon the Companions in their Juris- 

Masonry is God's crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all 
those who seek our privileges are melting and reforming. 

The following are high-lights from District Reports : — 
"Much progress has been made in these trying times." 

"The past year has been one of earnest work and while there is still 
much in evidence to occasion the most serious concern, the results 
achieved have been exceedingly gratifying." 

"May all who read these lines be encouraged to look beneath the 
surface and to realize, that if our Institutions are being shaken, it is 
by the wisdom of T.G.A.O.T.U. ,so that those which have failed may 
pass away and those which are worthy may endure." 

Many reports praise the good work of the Scribes E. of the 
various Chapters and tell of the faithful services rendered and 
the steadying influence of these toilers in Masonry. While this 
is true, there are still the few, who through over-work or 
neglect do not make returns on the year's activity as promptly 


as they should to the Grand Scribe E., and which naturally 
retards the compilation of his numerous reports. An improve- 
ment will be looked for. 

We believe special mention should be made of the con- 
tinued loyalty to this Grand Body of the Klondike Chapter, No. 
154, of Dawson City, in the Yukon Territory. Although 
isolated from the Mother Chapter, she is gallantly toiling on 
and looking to the future with confidence and devotion which 
characterizes these Companions of the far north. 


In reviewing the financial condition of the Constituent 
Chapters it is like taking one step up the mountain side which 
widens the horizon in all directions. 

One cannot delve into the reports which come from the 
several districts without being convinced that some sugges- 
tions contained in the former reports of this Committee have 
had some effect. For some years, the potent factor in 
financial circles, the bringing into line of the Receipts and Ex- 
penditures has been advocated, and the reports now indicate 
that to a greater extent than in the years that have gone, this 
important step in administration is receiving wide-spread at- 
tention. We would, however, again direct attention to the 
yearly dues which in many cases seem to be too small. It is 
not the intention of this Committee to trespass or dictate the 
fights of the Constituent Chapters, yet we would urge that 
where the operating cost of your Chapter per member is in 
excess of the revenue per member, an effort should be made to 
correct the condition. 

Serious inroads on reserves have been made in the last 
few years, and it is only by ' 'balancing the budget" this 
financial strength will not be impaired. 

While it is obvious that the future of our Fraternity rests 
in the hands of those who are at present serving within our 
ranks, it is similarly true that if there is laxity in the admis- 
sion of unqualified candidates, the reception of whom is slightly 
tinged by money consideration, the Chapter acting thus, 
through their selfish and personal motives, will undoubtedly 
reflect upon the general membership to a degree which will 
ultimately rebound with dishonour upon the standards which 
have for so many years been upheld and supported. 

The ghost which annually appears upon the returns of the 
Constituent Chapters is again very much to the front, yet it 
is quite apparent that many have failed to see the phantom, 


but mistakes it for an active and positive substance, when in 
reality the signs of mortification have, in many cases, already 
set in, and what was considered worth one hundred cents in 
dues collectable, two, three or even four years ago, and still 
shown as good, must surely be discounted. The enormous sum 
of approximately $55,000.00 is shown in outstanding dues, and 
which if collected would meet the total liabilities of all Chapters 
by 200% ; or in other words there is almost $3.00 dues out- 
standing for every member of this Grand Jurisdiction. 

Many Chapters are grappling with this reality in a manner 
highly to be commended, either through special Companions 
or Committees appointed to this work, and to these Chapters 
which have not been so active, we suggest the admonition 
"go thou and do likewise." 

The condition of dues not collected is reflected in the figures 
under the heading "Liabilities" which are enlightening only 
bv comparison. We quote figures from previous reports 
"1929, Liabilities, $14,825.00; 1934, $27,572.00", while the 
latest compilation result show $30,000.00. Success is not 
always marked in dollars and cents, yet the possession of them 
makes the road easier to travel, and where there is courage 
and perseverence, which is the magical talisman, difficulties 
will disappear and obstacles vanish into air. 

We have not reviewed the finances of Grand Chapter, as 
this is in the capable hands of our Grand Treasurer, but would 
assure you that our funds are administered carefully. It would 
seem opportune to say on your behalf, we are profoundly 
gratified that our Grand Treasurer, M.E. Companion Dr. Walter 
G. Price is steadily improving in health after his serious acci- 
dent. Our ardent prayer is for his complete and satisfactory 

Instruction and Education 

Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Today is yesterday's pupil." 

Royal Arch Masonry never occupied a higher plane of 
purity and progress than at the present time, and the indica- 
tions point to an increased effort on the part of the Fraternity, 
to elevate its moral standard so high as to impress the better 
classes and kindreds, that its principles are sublime, its morals 
pure, and that its mission is nothing less than the inculcation 
of a better, purer, higher life among men. 

Do we realize that every honest effort made in the earnest 
search for truth, is good? 

We again suggest that Chapters of Instruction are the 
best means to a true interpretation of the "work", and it is 


with some gratification and reward that having advocated this 
form of Education, it is meeting with the approval of many. 

The active Royal Arch Mason is a far happier man than his 
slothful companion. There is work for all, but you must lead 
them through self-interest. It is this alone that will keep them 
keyed up to their responsibility. 

The Principals' Association are doing- commendable work 
by inviting* discussions on topics of vital interest to the Craft, 
but could well go still further and supply lecturers to the 
weaker Chapters on our esoteric work and the symbolism of 
the degrees, which we firmly believe would enliven the lagging 
interest where the spark of Masonry is but slowly smoulder- 

It would seem opportune that timely reference should be 
made again to the necessity of having the Book of Marks kept 
up to date, and we recommend that the Grand Superintendents 
be charged with the responsibility of seeing that this regula- 
tion is enforced. 

We are happy to report a widening interest in attending 
Masonic Church Services, although as yet far too few. Ten 
Districts report activity. The effect upon the Companions 
gathering together for this high purpose cannot but be ex- 
cellent in its fruits. By this action the value of such public 
witness to the basic Landmark of Masonry; viz., faith in the 
great Jehovah, cannot but be impressive. The greater re- 
sponsibility is therefore ours of carrying our Masonry through 
the seven days of the week, rather than dropping it on the 
door-step of the Chapter Room. While there is the danger 
that Masonry may be considered by the few, a substitute for 
religion, we would remind them that this is contrary to the 
spirit of the Order, which works in harmony with the Church 
as a testimony of its desire to stimulate and uplift the morale 
of the community. 

Once more we put our stamp of approval on, and recom- 
mend, that all Chapters take advantage of any or all occasions 
of enlightening the Companions on the activities of this Grand 
Chapter as well as Royal Arch Masonry throughout the Ma- 
sonic world, by reading and studying the Annual Proceedings, 
which embraces a wealth of Masonic thought and activity 
as found under the heading — "Reviews of Sister Jurisdictions." 
This interesting work is compiled by our genial and dearly 
beloved Historian, M.E. Companion W. N. Ponton, who has 


just passed his eighty-first milestone. We wish for him a 
golden sunset after his plenteous harvest, the seeds of which 
he has scattered and sown abundantly with those whose 
privilege it has been to know him well. 

The Grand First Principal 

For many years your Chairman has known intimately and 
has worked in the quarries of Masonry side by side with our 
Grand Z., and is therefore well qualified to give an account of 
his stewardship 

The reward for service well rendered is greater tasks and 
responsibilities. For many years as Chairman of this Com- 
mittee he contributed to Masonry in general and Royal Arch 
Masonry in particular, a wealth of thought and inspiration 
which will live for many years in the hearts and minds of those 
who have heard and read. The genius of writing and putting 
words together which forcibly portray his subject and objec- 
tive, places him in an envious position and one difficult to 
imitate. Not only is he a master of this art, but lives, moves 
and has his best being in the work he has in hand. Ready and 
anxious to demonstrate to the world in his retired but master- 
ful way, that Masonry has found its best bulwarks in the 
purity of its aims, in the love and good-will which the Brethren 
bear to each other, and in their never-dying attachment to the 
principles which make men kin. 

Confidence is in the minds of all, from the highest to the 
most lowly of our member ship, that our Order will be guided 
through darkness and through storm, through the sunshine 
and through the shadows which may beset our path, with a 
steadfastness of purpose which will be as a beacon, charting 
the course for all to follow. His guiding hand and wise counsel 
will be like the sun across the firmament, giving life and health 
and strength to our aims and objects; and upon a searching 
survey of his administration your Committee feels, there will 
be no great act which our Order would annul ; no word spoken, 
no line written, no deed done by him, which justice would re- 
verse or wisdom deplore. 

As dew upon the tender herb, 

Diffusing fragrance round; 
As showers that usher in the spring, 

And cheer the thirsty ground. 

These are not the idle words of one, but the proclamation 
of many, sounded throughout the length and breadth of this 


Grand Jurisdiction and confirmed by the written reports else- 
where printed in this Book of Proceedings. 

His creative ideas and ideals will lend their fiery stimulus 
to the thousands who have and will pledge their loyalty to 
Royal Arch Masonry, and who following his example will 
gather new strength with every difficulty and fortify the 
kindlier spirit against the inroads of our baser nature. 

Much could also be said regarding the faithful services of 
the officers of Grand Chapter, whose never-failing devotion 
to the Royal Craft has placed them in the fore-front of 
Masonry, to inspire and encourage all with whom they come 
in contact. 


The focus of our receptive minds may have been perverted 
because of the fantastic delusion of the boom days, to which 
our minds unwilling turn, but only in contrast with the gentler 
influence of to-day, which enables us to see more clearly the 
open road which is widening before us. 

Within the sacred precincts, Royal Arch Masonry with its 
unchanging traditions and unfaltering influences, maintains a 
calmness and harmony and wields an influence for good which 
is durable, because of its original purity and force. Who 
therefore can predict its greatness or its good upon man? 

May we, by our unflagging devotion and quickened loyalty, 
keep our great Institution in the fore-front and reconsecrate 
it to the purpose of uplifting manhood, and the ennobling ideals 
which throb in every heart. 

In the marathon of life many stalwart runners in Royal 
Arch Masonry having completed their course, now throw to 
us the "baton" that we may still pursue the race which they 
doggedly and with determination ran in the heat of the day 
and against many handicaps. It is our rare privilege to 
patiently but hopefully continue the course and endeavour to 
carry out the design left by them on their Masonic Trestle 
Board. Not among the least of these was Right Excellent 
Companion James B. Nixon, who ran his course in Masonry 
for over sixty-five years, fresh to the end, and who was with 
us but yesterday. Our hope lies in the higher Lodge to which 
we are advancing, and to which he has attained. 

And finally, to use the words of Richard Jefferies: "My 
hope becomes as broad as the horizon afar, reiterated by each 


leaf, sung on every bough, reflected in the gleam of every 
flower." There is so much for us yet to do, so much to gather 
and enjoy. 

Fraternally submitted, 

Frank G. McLean, Chairman. 

W. S. Enouy, 

D. C. Patmore, 

J. 0. Herity, 

W. M. Johnson, 

Albert Harris. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
by R. Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Condition 
of Capitular Masonry be received and adopted. 





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To the Most Excellent, the Ground Z. and the Companions of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada : 

With deep regret we, your committee, reports 391 deaths 
in our Grand Jurisdiction since our last annual convocation. 
Many whose active lives and tireless devotion in the interest 
of Royal Arch Masons, brought honour and success to our be- 
loved Craft. Only those who were intimately associated 
with them realize the great loss this Grand Body has sus- 
tained and to those left where the home ties are broken we 
extend our sincere sympathy. 

Heaven is not reached by a single bound, 
We build the ladder by which we rise 
From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies 
And we mount toi the summit round by round. 

To our Sister Jurisdictions our sympathy goes to them in 
the loss of over 50 Grand Officers. 

Grand Chapter of Alberta — Frederick S. Selwood, P.G.Z. 

Grand Chapter of Alabama — John B. Bethea, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Arkansas — George H. Parsons, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Colorado — Lee. R. Horn, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of State of California — F. W. G. Moebus, 
D. J. Reese, Carl Barnard, P.G.H.P.'s. 

Grand Chapter of Florida — Wilber P. Webster, P.G. Secre- 

Grand Chapter of Iowa — Chas. H. Haney, Louis Block, 
Wm. H. Hart, Harry M. Bradley, P.G.H.P.'s. 

Grand Chapter of Indiana — Renwick W. Crockett, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Louisiana — Lee E. Thomas, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Massachusetts — Curtis Chipman, P.G. 

Grand Chapter of Mississippi — George D. Riley, Irwin M. 
Moody, P.G.H.P.'s. 

Grand Chapter of Minnesota — Charles L. West, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Maine — Hugh R. Chaplin, P.G. Scribe. 

Grand Chapter of Nevada — Chas. L. Fulstone, Frederick 
M. Schadler, Adams F. Brown, P.G.H.P.'s. 

Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia — William W. Dillon, P.G. 

Grand Chapter of North Dakota — Eben G. Guthrie, George 
H. Keyes, P.G.H.P.'s. 


Grand Chapter of State of New York — Edward F. Hill, 
P.G.H.P. ; William L. Dickerson, Grand Lecturer. 

Grand Chapter of Oregon — James K. Weatherford, P.G. 

Grand Chapter of Oklahoma — George W. Spencer, Ira B. 
Kirkland, Henry K. Ricker, Bert D. Ashbrook, P.G.H.P.'s. 

Grand Chapter of Ohio — Frank L. Beggs, P.G.H.P. ; Henry 
W. Young, G.M. of 2nd Veil; Frederic J. Crane, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of South Carolina — William W. Edgerton, 
George T. Bryan, P.G.H.P.'s, ; Albert E. Adams, Grand King. 
Grand Chapter of Tennessee — Albert G. Kimbrough, P.G. 

Grand Chapter of Vermont—David A. Elliott, P.G.H.P.; 
Herbert T. Kelly, G.C. of H. 

Grand Chapter of West Virginia — William T. Rittenhouse, 

Grand Chapter of Wisconsin — Edwin F. Gibbs, Harry C. 
Dittmar, William E. Schwann, P.G.H.P.'s, ; John E. Bast, Grand 

"One by one we miss^ the voices 
That we loved so well to hear; 
One by one their kindly faces in the 

darkness disappear 
No one knows the door that opens 
Through which they pass beyond recall; 
Soft as loosened leaves of roses, 
One by one our loved ones fall." 













C. C. Reed, C. W. Babcock, Wm. Jackson. 

A. Barclay, W. F. Mather, F. J. Miller, J. E. Gorman. 

A. Carrothers, D. Fraser, A. W. Henry, A. E. Cowley, Jas. 

Gray, J. H. Mo ran. 
E. E. Bond, H. Chamandy, A. R. Miller, C. W. Witheridge. 
A. A. Campbell, W. M. Noble, J. M. McEvoy, W. C. Fitz- 
gerald, J. A. Jackson. 
No. 6. Geo. E. Campbell, Jas. Carswe>ll, C. D. James, J. F. Miller, 

J. R. Moodie, Thas. Place, A. Boardman. 
No. 7. Wm. Stuart, W. B. Doolittle, W. E. Schuster, C. A. Hully, 

H. Smith. 
No. 8. A. Crawford, J. T. B. Readferne, Wm. Hodder, J. W. Hand, 

Jno. Pritchard, Geo. Harlow, E. Purnell, Jas. Bolton. 
No. 15. G. E. Morrison, T. J. Irwin. 

No. 16. G. H. Richardson, A. G. Marshall, H. A. L. Swan, G. I. Stone- 
house, C. A. Smith, F. R. Mulligan, W. Bowden, H. Tye, 
F. T. Burgess, A. M. Grant. 
No. 18. Wm, Corlett, C. E. Rapson. 

No. 19. J. S. WoocL Jas. McGill, F. R. Coy, E. E. Carpenter, D. L. 
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No. 20. P. M. Inglis, J. M. Dyckman, A. J. Hawthorne, Wm. Robinson, 
M. Mistern, T. T. McPhail, C. A. McLarty. 
Win. J. Lawson. 
Robt. E. Gunton. 
W. H. Hurrell, Jno. Collinson, J. A. Kennedy. 

B. H. Siddall, H. J. Vandervort. 
W. B. Gourlay, A. D. Knight, M. Watts, J. D. Montgomery, 

J. A. Evas, J. Woolner. 
Thos. Hawkes, G. H. James. 

E. H. Long, G. A. Wallace, J. Mc. Wallis, Jas. Hurrell, M. C. 
Upper, J. Nicholson. 

J. L. Graydon, F. H. Minaker. 

A. Taylor, J. S. Wardlaw, L. Shute, W. G. Bishop, J. A. 
Wilkie, T. M. Henderson, J. W. Comba. 
No. 34. C. Mclnnes, A. C. Garden, W. Williams, J. Gorden, W. J. 
Martin, W. S. Hallett, R. R. Stanley, P. A. Smith, E. A. 
Wakefield, A. L. Murphy, H. Stewart, W. Taylor, W. 
Griffith, C. W. Whitmore, W. G. Towers, F. H. Goodwin, 
J. Fraser. 
No. 35. E. M. Deverell, W. M. Lawrence, E. E. Patterson, H. Robin- 
son, F. G. Erskine. 
A. W. Medd, C. P. Borland, T. C. Elliott. 

F. H. Brown. 
D onald S tewart. 
Geo. Russell, E. R. J. Brown. 
H. G. Whiting, W. J. Shannon, J. Walters. 
A. McVittie. 

J. A. Aitken, M. W. Shaw, R. G. Somerville. 
0. E. Macintosh, J. W. Sutherland. 

F. A. McCully, R. Johnson, W. H. McGregor, C. W. Markett, 
C. Stuart, W. H. Funk, D. G. Goodwin, W. W. Jolly, E. 
Sackville, J. Anderson. 

J. Lutz. 

C. Butterworth, G. Griffin. 
T. J. Harwood. 
L. Naismith. 

R. W. Hull, E. H. Richards, G. Garrett, J. Cleeland, F. Mark- 
ham, W. A. McKay, R. W. Alexander. 

J. Welsh, J. Munn, J. Bowie, A. Harvey. 

G. T. Cook, J. L. Bordie, A. W. McNeal. 
G. Barrow, E. B. Brown, C. B. Eddis, C. J. Gibson, J. G. 

M. Yeo. 

M. B. Smith, E. H. Gulp, G. B. McConachie. 
A. C. Callam. 

H. R. Boulton, R. Reynolds, W. M. Chandler. 
G. Gowling, H. F. Rykert, Wm. Panton. 
A. E. Davies, H. D. Bannatyne. 
W. J. Cook, G. G. Jordan, S. B. Lay, D. J. Proctor, J. Bush, 

G. E. Crowhurst, F. R. Hitchman, T. Brown, F. J. Glanie. 
0. A. Griffith. 

R. C. Doidge, C. H. G. Fletcher. 
W. Burnie, W. J. Douglas, E. H. Home, L. Wilkie, E. Wills, 

R. Trenholme, E. J. Woodison. 
No. 81. L. Cascadden, E. A. Richards. 
























































No. 82. A. Hamilton, H. Stanworth, E. N. Johnson, A. Rome, A. A. 


No. 83. A. E. Annis, A. Connell. 

No. 84. J. A. Mills. 

No. 88. J. French, J. H. McVean. 

No. 90. W. E. Long, H. Hill. 

No. 91. J. P. Gerald, F, Matthew, W. R. Paton, J. W. McConbrey. 

No. 94. L. H. Jackson. 

No. 95. W. A. Webster, R. K. Moffatt, G. B. Nicholson. 

No. 100. F. B. Curron. 

No. 102. W. R. McKibbon, J. Kemp, A. D. McNabb, W. R. Bell, W. T. 

Baldwin, J. E. Irving, J. B. Hale, C. M. McCreath. 

No. 103. R. L. Dudley, J. Maxwell, L. E. Henderson, R. F. Mason. 

No. 104. W. A. Ferrah, G. Hillmer, W. Whitaker. 

No. 110. Wm. Drewry. 

No. 112. J. M. Weegar, A. J. Townsend. 

No. 113. E, J. McQuaig, J. Sugden, S. M. Connelly. 

No. 114. A. W. Mair, C. Loken, D. Muirhead. 

No. 116. D. Smythe,, H. E. Armstrong, F. Fisher. 

No. 117. F. C. P. Davey, E, E. Reicheld. 

No. 119. R. Davidson, H. Richardson. 

No. 129. C. Werner, H. E. Wilson. 

No. 130. F. H. Lee, G. W. Nelson, G. McDonald. 

No. 131. A. A. McKenzie. 

No. 132. B. Heaslip, W. S. Bowden. 

No. 133. G. W. Fluker, J. A. Houston, R. Craig. 

No. 134. W. H. Sparks, N. Patterson, 

No. 138. C. Woodburn, W. J. Wadsworth. 

No. 140. Jas. Hamilton, E. Evans. 

No. 144. A, Gringo. 

No. 145. S. A. Bell, E. C. Berkinshaw, E. Kenward, J. R. Leslie, W. 

Marks, R. J. Whitlock. 

No. 146. F. McAllister, N. Blackmore, J. Roger. 

No. 147. T. S. Reid. 

No. 148. C. H. Reasback. 

No. 150. Geo. Moore, C. C. Panton. 

No. 152. W. J. Clark. 

No. 153. W. C. Lee, J. E. McCoy. 

No. 154. E. Telford, T. D. Galloway, G. H. Barnes, J. A. Anderson, 

W. J. Rendell, A. H. Dever. 

No. 155. A. W. Smith, H. Davies. 

No. 161. J. McCaw, D. Blue. 

No. 163. F. Gardner, E. C. Berkinshaw, A. Brooks, E. Blundell. 

No. 167. E. Abbey, G. W. Smith, A. Gray. 

No. 168. C. Benor, H. S. Aylsworth. 

No. 169. D. McLellan, E. S. Scott. 

No. 175. H. W. Root, J. R. Moodie, W. J. Westaway. 

No. 185. J. Mitchell, J. B. Hutchinson, C. Siegal, J. W. Lambert. 

No. 195. H. Peacock. 

No. 198, T. S. Reid, C. R. Camp-bell, H. C. Skinner. 

No. 203. C. L. Deardon, W. J. H. Shillington, D. M. A. Newland, J. H. 

Pescod, K. A. MacPhayden. 

No. 205. R. S. Thompson. 

No. 210. Jos. Lasalle. 

No. 212. J. D. Bland, C. E. Garrard, B. Siegler, E. Palter. 


No. 213. C. S. Alexander, W. Fess. 

No. 2114. J. C. Wheeler. 

No. 215. G. H. Palmer. 

No. 217. W. T. Legassicke, L. Stevenson, R. Bassett, W. S. Dodds. 

No. 218. Henry White. 

No. 219. A. MacDonald, W. J. Rogers. 

No. 221. J. H. Hunter, A. B. McArthur. 

No. 222. R. W. Kennedy, F. G. Wait. 

No. 223. C. S. Alexander. 

No. 224. F. D. Morrison, J. F. Miller. 

No. 226. Wan. Fair, Jas. Fair. 

No. 227. C. A. Hulley. 

No. 231. J. Welsh, C. W. Kinead, E. L. Secord, E. W. D. Butler, A. 

E. Lehmon. 

No. 233. A. I. Nicol, W. G. Hanscombe, H. E. Brown, G. J. Brown, 

Thos. Brown. 

No. 234. Thos. Hill. 

No. 236. C. 'Christenson. 

No. 239. W. Newcombe. 

No. 241. W. J. McCollum, G. M. Snowball. 

No. 242. D. Irwin. 

No. 244. J. E. Young. 

No. 245. J. M. Gillies. 

No. 249. T. S. Holgate. 

No. 250. Robt. Shaw. 

No. 252. W. J. Jarrett. 

Fraternally submitted, 

Wm. L. Stewart, Chairman. 
Angus Graham, 
R. W. E. McFadden. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Stewart, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 



To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Canada: 

We congratulate our Most Excellent Grand First Principal 
on his happy and appropriate remarks regarding the Masonic, 
Historical and Commercial importance of the St. Catharines 

We unite with him in his expressions regarding the motives 
which prompt nations to endanger the peace of the world to 
satisfy their narrow national ambitions and share in his hope 
that the efforts of the Motherland, supported by the Empire 


as a whole, and assisted by other peace loving powers, will 
stem the tide and eventually the nations will settle their dif- 
ferences by peaceful arbitration. 

We regret, with our Grand First Principal, the reductions 
in our ranks, but are pleased to note that our losses are less 
than those of the preceding year. 

With him, we deplore the death of distinguished Com- 
panions of Sister Jurisdictions and the exceptional loss we 
have sustained in the passing over of Right Excellent Com- 
panions Edward B. Brown, K.C., Herbert C. Skinner, James 
B. Nixon, and R. J. Reade. 

There, perhaps, never has been a Sovereign of this great 
Empire who, to the same extent, commanded the respect, 
esteem, confidence and love not only of every citizen of the 
Empire but of the whole world as did our late King George V, 
who celebrated his Silver Jubilee last year, only to be 
followed in a short time by his lamentable death. 

With the Grand First Principal, we pledge our loyalty to 
His Most Gracious Majesty King Edward VIII who, as 
Prince of Wales, in times of peace and of war endeared 
himself to the citizens of Canada as well as to all other in- 
habitants of the far-flung Empire. He has especially endeared 
himself to us as a Mason of distinguished rank who has always 
taken a keen interest in the Craft. 

We concur in the words of commendation of the Grand 
First Principal with respect to the excellent results ac- 
complished iby the organized effort on the part of individual 
Companions in the Toronto Districts and heartily commend 
their work as an example which all Districts throughout the 
Jurisdiction might follow with profit. 

We applaud the remarks of our Grand First Principal re- 
garding the efficiency of our Grand District Superintendents. 

We agree with our Grand First Principal in respect to the 
obligations of those Companions who have the honour of re- 
presenting Sister Jurisdictions. 

We congratulate those who have been the recipients of 
Jewels for long connection with the Royal Craft. 

We concur, in strongest terms, with the recommendation 
of the Grand First Principal that, at the earliest practical date, 
we carry out the requirements of the Constitution of the Order 
with reference to a two days' session of the Grand Chapter in 
order that sufficient time be given to a full discussion of all 
matters of importance brought before the Grand Chapter. 

We approve the suggested grant for purchasing books con- 
taining information with respect to Royal Arch Masonry. 


We appreciate the reference to the valuable services ren- 
dered by those who have been of such great assistance to the 
Grand First Principal and especially the excellent work of our 
Grand Scribe E. 

We commend most heartily the high literary merit of the 
excellent and inspiring address of our Most Excellent Com- 
panion George L. Gardiner. 

W. N. Ponton, 

Kenneth J. Dunstan, 

Edwin Smith, 

W. G. Price, 

C. W. Haentschel, 

Alex. Cowan, 

W. H. Davis, Chairman. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. W. H. Davis, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Kenneth J. Dunstan, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z.'s 
Address be received and adopted. 

Thanks to Companions of St. Catharines and District 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Empey, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Maclntyre, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Canada be 
tendered to the Companions of St. Catharines and District, for the 
splendid manner in which the arrangements have been carried out by 
them for the reception and entertainment of the delegates in attendance. 
Especially are we pleased with the courtesies extended to our guests, 
as well as to the ladies who accompanied the delegates, and the Con- 
vocation will be remembered by those who had the pleasure of being 
present, and that an amount of $100 be granted to the local committee 
to assist in defraying their expenses. 

Thanks to Scrutineers 

It was moved by V. Ex. Comp. Ernie Barber, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Laing, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
R. Ex. Comp. John H. C. Woodward and the other Companions who 
acted as Scrutineers for the services rendered in the election of the 
Officers of Grand Chapter. 



Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, in the absence of Most Ex. 
Camp. George Moore, presented the following: 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

The Committee are in general accord with the suggestion 
of Most Excellent Companion Lt.-Col. Alex. Cowan, Past 
Grand Z., that Grand Chapter should select a time more suit- 
able than the month of February in which to hold their Annual 
Convocation. We concur that during the month of February 
the highways and railways are often snow-bound, and motor- 
ing, the popular means of transportation, is almost impossible 
in many parts of our Jurisdiction. 

The Committee after mature deliberation and taking into 
consideration the necessity for the avoidance of any connection 
of date with other Sister Organizations, therefore recommend 
the third Wednesday in April as a time most suitable for the 
Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter. 

At this time weather and road conditions lend themselves 
to motor traffic and all the objecionable features of the month 
of February are past. 

We believe that this date will meet the best interests of our 
Companions from the rural districts as well as those in the 
urban centres. Almost any other month carries a definite ob- 
jection by reason of conflicting with other Grand Bodies, 
Vacations, Fall Fairs and Exhibitions. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

George Moore, Chairman. 

Walter G. Price, 
W. N. Ponton, 
Walter Davis, 
Chas. W. Haentschel, 
Edwin Smith. 

It was moved by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded 
by Most Ex. Comp. Dr. W. G. Price, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on the time of holding 
Grand Chapter be received. 



To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

We endorse most fully the recommendation of the Past 
Grand Z.'s, Most Excellent Companions Dr. Chas. W. Haent- 
schel and Lt.-Col. Alex. Cowan that the representative of the 
Most Excellent Grand First Principal should have the official 
title of a Rig"ht Excellent Companion. However, in view of 
the fact that there is but one Chapter in the Yukon Terri- 
tory — we recommend that the Acting Grand Superintendent 
be given the official title of "Right Excellent", that his term 
of office be three years, and upon the completion of this term 
that he be entitled to retain his rank as a Past Grand Superin- 

All of which is respectively submitted. 

Walter G. Price, Chairman. 
K. J. Dunstan, 
Edwin Smith. 

It was moved by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded 
by Most Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Haentschel, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on the recommendation 
that the Acting Grand Superintendent of the Yukon Territory be made a 
Eight Excellent Companion be received. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Canada: 

Your Committee, to whom was referred the question of a 
change of name of our Grand Chapter, desire to report, that, 
after careful consideration, we feel that we should recommend 
no change in the name by which we are known in Sister Juris- 
dictions and which is ours by historic right. 

L. J. Stephens, 

W. Y. Mills, 

W. H. Davis, Chairman. 


It was moved by Most Ex. Comp. W. H. Davis, and seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, and— 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on the "Change of 
Name" be received and adopted. 

Considering Notice of Motions 

R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, Grand H., having given the 
following, Notice of Motion, that he would move or cause to 
be moved, that Section 281, page 73, be deleted, and the follow- 
ing paragraph substituted: — 

"The jewel and Keystone of the Order are to be worn by Com- 
panions on the left breast either separately, or conjointly on a gilt 
(or gold) and enamel Circle, suspended by a narrow crimson ribbon; 
for Principals and Past Z.'s of constituent Chapters crimson ribbon with 
a centre of light blue one-third the width; and for present and past 
officers of the Grand Chapter it may be tricolor corresponding with the 
collar; all jewels to be of gold or gilt." 

He asked permission to withdraw the same, and requested 
the Most Ex. the Grand Z. to appoint a committee to consider 
the motion and report at the next Annual Convocation. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John Burden, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, and— 

Resolved, — "Section 140 of the Constitution, re fees, dues and com- 
pensation" — be amended "by adding after the word 'Dispensation' in 
the seventh line on page 40 the words 'except that of Divine Service, 
for which no fee shall be payable/ " 

In the absence of R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, it was 
moved by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, and— 

Resolved, — To delete Section 142 of the Constitution and insert the 
following: — 

"Members of the Executive Committee or any Committee or Com- 
mission appointed by the Grand Chapter or by the Grand Z., shall be 
allowed travelling expenses as provided by resolution of Grand Chapter, 
but no allowance shall be made for expenses beyond the nearest point of 
entrance in Ontario, to the place of meeting." 

In the absence of Most Ex. Comp. Moore, it was moved 
by Most Ex. Comp Edwin Smith, and seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. W. Y. Mills — 

"That Section 20 of the Constitution be amended to read the 'Third 
Wednesday in April,' in place of the 'Fourth Wednesday in February.' 
This Section will then read as follows: 'The Annual Convocation of 
this Grand Chapter shall be held on the Third Wednesday in April at 
such place as may be selected by Grand 'Chapter at the previous Annual 
Convocation, at the hour of ten o'clock in the forenoon.' " 


An amendment by R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Stewart, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Downing, and carried, that the word 
Third be changed to Fourth. 

The motion being submitted was declared lost. 

It was then moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. S. S. Forbes, and — 

Resolved, — That Section 20 be amended to read, "The Annual Con- 
vocation of this Grand Chapter shall be held on the Fourth Wednesday 
in April, at such place as may be selected by Grand Chapter at the 
previous Annual Convocation, at the hour of ten o'clock in the forenoon." 

It was moved by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and 
seconded by Most Ex. Comp. Dr. C. W. Haentschel, and — 

Resolved, — That the Constitution be amended by adding to Section 
Eleven: — "The Grand Superintendent of the Seventeenth or Yukon 

By adding to Section Fifteen: — "The Grand Superintendent of the 
Yukon District shall be entitled to the temporary title of Right Excellent 
Companion during his term of office and to the past rank, provided he 
has served a period of three isuccessive years." 

By adding to Section Eighteen: — "After the word 'Companion' on 
the sixth line, 'except as provided in Section Fifteen.' " 

It was moved by Most Ex. Comp. Dr. C. W. Haentschel, 
Seconded by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, that the Constitution 
be amended as follows: — 

Section 75, by adding after words "select any Past Z.", in the fourth 
line, "who either is a member of the Chapter or a resident of the Dis- 
trict, except that the Yukon Chapter may appoint a non-resident of 
their District." 

Section 76, by adding after the words "and Scribe E. of the Chapter" 
in the fourth line "his acceptance as follows : I accept the above 

Section 77, by adding after the words "more than one Chapter" in 
the first line, the following "except in Algoma District where any 
Chapter may appoint a Proxy resident in the District who is not a mem- 
ber of the Chapter, but such Proxy shall not represent more than three 

Section 79, by changing the word "thirty" in the second line of page 
19 to "fourteen" and the word "sixty" in the fourth line to "fourteen." 

Section 80, the whole section to be deleted. 

By the adoption of the amendment of Section 76 the proxy form on 
page 83 of the 'Constitution is automatically amended. 

Most Ex. Comp. Haentschel with the consent of his 
seconder withdrew his resolution and at the suggestion of R. 
Ex. Comps. John Burden and John Empey that a committee 
be appointed by the Grand Z., to report upon the same at the 
next Annual Convocation. 

annual convocation, st. catharines, 1936 149 

Next Place of Meeting 

The Seventy-Ninth Annual Convocation will be held in the 
City of Toronto, Ont., on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27th 
and 28th, 1937, commencing on Tuesday evening at 7.30 o'clock 
(by adoption of resolution of the Committee's Report on Audit 
and Finance). 

Grand Z. Vacates Chair 

The Most Excellent the Grand Z. vacated the chair and re- 
quested Most Excellent Companion Walter G. Price to assume 
the Sceptre. 

Officers Installed 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, assisted by M. Ex. Comp. 
Walter Davis, installed and invested the newly elected officers 
of Grand Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents of the 
several Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted accord- 
ing to ancient custom. 

Thanks to Installing Board 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. James Pickard, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Grove Davis, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
Most Ex. Comps. W. G. Price and Walter Davis, who had charge of the 
Installation Ceremony, and those who assisted them for the able manner 
in which the ceremony had been performed. 

Appointment to Office 

The following appointments having been made by Most 
Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner. 

Executive Committee — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Marshall E. Sherwood, 

40 Wellington St., Woodstock, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp, A. D. Mclntyre, 

c/o Bank of Montreal, 

King and Bathurst Streets, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Wm. L. Stewart, 

266 Egerton St., London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred G. Smith, 

146 Broadway, Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Reg. V. Conover, 

Box 802, Brampton, Ont. 

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Assistant Officers — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Morgan Griffith - „ Grand Lecturer 

55 Constance St., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Wm. B. Milliken, K.C Grand Senior Sojourner 

170 Douglas Drive, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert Neill Bissonnette _ Grand Junior Sojourner 

157 Church St., Stratford, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Wm. J. Douglas _ Grand Sword Bearer 

Caledonia, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Calvert _ Grand Master 4th Veil 

182 Mississauga St. East, Orillia, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Alexander Bowden Grand Master 3rd Veil 

86 Port Street, Brantford, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George M. Binks _ Grand Master 2nd Veil 

161 Arlington Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Dickie „ _ Grand Master 1st Veil 

72 Chapman Ave., St. Catharines, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Alfred H. Jones Grand Standard Bearer 

380 Strathmore Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Andrew Alexander Kinghorn Grand Dir. of Ceremonies 

2 Highland Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Tudor C. James Grand Asst. Director of Ceremonies 

23 Duart Park Road, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. J. H. Newns Grand Organist 

2386 Barker St., Niagara Falls, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Henry Murchison „ _ Grand Pursuivant 

6 Starr Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Alex Bruce „ Grand Steward 

106 Elgin Street, Wallaceburg, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Herbert Teasell _ Grand Steward 

374 Confederation Street, Sarnia, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Hamilton Lee - Grand Steward 

Stoney Creek, Ont. 
V.Ex. Comp. William Culligan - - Grand Steward 

132 Douglas Street, Stratford, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert Alexander Buchanan Grand Steward 

Box 472, Havelock, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Montgomery Barlow _ Grand Steward 

285 George Street, Belleville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James F. Patterson _...._ Grand Steward 

Almonte, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert Jamieson Grand Steward 

3 Lakehead Block, Fort William, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Bert John Davis Grand Steward 

Box 447, Gananoque, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Edward Wickerhagen Hitchcock Grand Steward 

113 Woodward Ave., Sault Ste. Marie. 
V. Ex. Comp. Henry George Ginn Grand Steward 

Swastika, Ont. 



V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Beetlestone Grand Steward 

Palmerston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Clayton Johnston Grand Steward 

Inwood, Ont. 


The labours of the Annual Convo- 
cation being ended, Grand Chapter 
was closed in ample form at 3.55 
o'clock p.m., St. Catharines, Ontario, 
Wednesday, February 26th, 1936. 

Grand Scribe E. 


On Tuesday evening, February 25th, the Grand Z., M. Ex. 
Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, joined with his Executive in holding 
a "Get-to-gether" Dinner to his honoured guests. 

During the Convocation, many messages were conveyed to 
the Grand Z. and the Grand Chapter of Canada by the visiting 



R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, Grand H Kingston 


M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, Grand Z _ Toronto 

M. " " George Moore, Past Grand Z Hamilton 

M. " " A. S. Gorrell, M.D., Past Grand Z Regina, Sask. 

M. " " Col. W. N. Ponton, Past Grand Z Belleville 

M. " " Walter H. Davis, Past Grand Z Hamilton 

M. " " Kenneth J. Dunstan, Past Grand Z _ Toronto 

M. " " Edwin Smith, Past Grand Z London 

M. " " Walter Price, D.D.S., Past Grand Z Port Credit 

M. " " Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D., Past Grand Z Haileybury 

M. " Alex. Cowan, Past Grand Z Barrie 

M. " " Harry H. Watson, Hon. Past Grand Z Vancouver, B.C. 

R. " " Sidney S. Forbes, Grand J Hamilton 

R. " " James Pickard, Grand Scribe N Toronto 

R. " " Oliver Ellwood (Honourary Member) London 


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R. " " John J. Gardiner .Smiths Falls 

R. " " George W. Slack Toronto 

Grand Superintendents 

R. Ex. Comp. Edgar Ashton McCubbin St. Clair District No. 1 

Reginald Joseph Cushman London " " 2 

Andrew Herbert Monteith _ Wilson " " 3 

Thomas Warren Rutherford: Wellington " " 4 

Thomas Russell Huxtable Hamilton " " 5 

Henry Baptist Montford Tichborne. Huron " " 6 

Frederick Frank Hays _ Niagara " " 7 

Frederick James Johnson Toronto East " " 8 

Thomas Robert Hughes ...Toronto West " " 8a 

Frederick Charles Bendell Georgian " " 9 

Robert Cecil Nugent Ontario " " 10 

Gilbert Bedford Bedford Prince Edward " " 11 

William Root St. Lawrence " " 12 

Andrew Walker Ottawa " " 13 

Andrew Austin Cameron, M.D Algoma " " 14 

Edgar Lawrence Moore New Ontario " " 15 

Horace Jones Temiskaming " " 16 

Samuel McCormick Yukon Territory " u 17 

Elected by Grand Chapter 

R. Ex. Comp. J. F. Marr _ - Guelph 

R. " " Edward H. Brennan Niagara-on-the-Lake 

R. " " Frank G. McLean _ Toronto 

R. " " John M. Empey Mitchell 

R. " " Llewellyn F. Stephens Hamilton 

Appointed by the Grand Z. 

R. Ex. Comp. Marshall E. Sherwood Woodstock 

R. " " A. D. Mclntyre _ Toronto 

R. " " W. L. Stewart - London 

R. " " Fred. G. Smith - Ottawa 

R. " " Reg. V. Conover Brampton 


Grand Z.'s. Address 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter H. Davis (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. George 
Moore, A. S. Gorrell, W. N. Ponton, Kenneth J. Dunstan, Edwin Smith, 
Walter G. Price, Chas. W. Haentschel, Alex. Cowan, and) Harry H. 


V. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. John J. 
Gardiner and George W. Slack. 


Audit and Finance 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. Fred G. 
Smith, John M. Empey, Edgar A. McCubbin, Win. Root and Ed. L. 

Grievances and Appeals 

M. Ex. Comp. Lt.-Col. Alex. Cowan (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. Reg. 
V. Conover, A. H. Monteith, L. F. Stephens and F. C. Benddl. 


R. Ex. Comp. M. E. Sherwood (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. Ed. H. 
Brennan, Thos. H. Hughes, A. Walker and Dr. A. A. Cameron. 

Conditions of Capitular Masonry 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. T. W. 
Rutherford, Fred. F. Hays, Fred. J. Johnson, R. C. Nugent and Samuel 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 

M. Ex. Comp. Kenneth J. Dunstan (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. 
Walter G. Price, Walter H. Davis and Edwin Smith. 

Fraternal Dead 

R. Ex. .Comp. Wm. L. Stewart (Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. T. R. 
Huxtable, H. B. M. Tichborne, G. B. Bedford and Horace Jones. 

Printing Committee 

R. Ex. iComp. John F. Marr (Chairman), M. Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith and R. Ex. Comp. Reg. J. Cushman, 

Fraternal Correspondence Committee 
M. Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton, K.C., (Chairman). 

Mileage and Per Diem 
R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Mclntyre (Chairman). 

Credential Committee 
R. Ex. Comp. Bernard Cairns (Chairman). 

R. Ex. Comp. John H. C. Woodward (Chairman). 

Special Reception Committee 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Art Gray (Chairman), R. Ex. Camps. Reg. V. 
Conover, Morgan Griffith and John M. Burden. 





Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Edgar Ashton McCubbin, 
132 Rankin Blvd., Sandwich, Ont. 


47. Wellington Chatham 

71. Prince of Wales Amherstburg 

73. Erie Ridgetown 

80. Ark . Windsor 

88. MacNabb Dresden 


119. King Cyrus Leamington 

153. Sombra Wallaceburg 

164. Lome West Lome 

239. Blenheim Blenheim 

250. Thomas Peters Windsor 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Joseph Cushman, 
20 Redan Street, London, Ont. 


3. St. John's London 

5. St. George's London 

15. Wawanosh Sarnia 

53. Bruce.... Petrolia 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 

74. Beaver Strathroy 

78. Minnewawa Parkhill 


81. Aylmer Aylmer 

150. London... London 

214. Vimy Inwood 

238. The St. Andrew London 

242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

247. Nilestown Nilestown 

252. Hiawatha Sarnia 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Herbert Monteith, 
Box 604, Paris, Ont. 


18. Oxford Woodstock 

20. Mount Hereb Brantford 

23. Ezra Simcoe 


41 . Harris Ingersoll 

115. Brant Paris 

253. Regal Port Dover 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Warren Rutherford, 
22 Lansdowne Ave. S., Gait, Ont. 


32. Waterloo Gait 

40. Guelph Guelph 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 

83. Ionic Orangeville 

117. Kitchener Kitchener 


218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

221. Durham Durham 

234. Halton Georgetown 

245. Preston Preston 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Russell Huxtable, 
99 Balsalm Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 


2. The Hiram Hamilton 

6. St. John's Hamilton 

75. St. Clair Milton 

104. White Oak Oakville 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 


175. The Hamilton Hamilton 

224. Keystone Hamilton 

236. Caledonia Caledonia 

243. McKay Stoney Creek 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Henry Baptist Montford Tichborne, 
Trafalgar Street, Goderich, Ont. 


24. Tecumseh Stratford 

30. Huron .....Goderich 

46. St. James St. Marys 

63. Havelock Kincardine 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 

84. Lebanon Wingham 

129. Elliot Mitchell 

130. Chantry Southampton 

146. Bernard Listowel 

147. Lucknow Lucknow 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Frank Hays, 
Smithville, Oi t. 


19. Mt. Moriah St. Catharines 

29. McCallum Dunnville 

55. Niagara Niagara 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 

64. Willson Welland 


69. Grimsby Grimsby 

76. Mt. Nebo Niagara Falls 

184. Hugh Murray Fort Erie 

240. Smithville Smithville 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Frederick James Johnson, 
111 Lakeshore Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 


4.* St. Andrew and St. John 


8. King Solomon's Toronto 

60. Doric Newmarket 

62. York Toronto 

65. St. Paul's..... Toronto 

79. Orient Toronto 

135. Succoth Uxbridge 


145. The St. Patrick Toronto 

163. The Beaches Toronto 

205. Victoria Thornhill 

217. St. Alban's Toronto 

225. Beaver Toronto 

235. Aurora Aurora 

241. University Toronto 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Robert Hughes, 
66 Dearbourne Ave., Toronto, Ont. 


77. Occident Toronto 

91. Antiquity.—. Toronto 

138. Shekinah Toronto 

185. Toronto.. Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 

212. Mount Sinai Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 


219. Ulster..... Toronto 

220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

230. Port Credit .....Port Credit 

231. St. Clair Toronto 

232. King Cyrus Toronto 

233. Oakwood Toronto 

246. Humber Weston 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Charles Bendell, 
Box 620, Collingwood, Ont. 


27. Manitou Collingwood 

34. Signet Barrie 

56. Georgian Owen Sound 

70. Grand River Bracebridge 


86. Macpherson Meaford 

131. Amabel Wiarton 

167. Kichikewana Midland 

198. Couchiching Orillia 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Robert Cecil Nugent, 
Lindsay, Ont. 


28. Pentalpha Oshawa 

35. Keystone Whitby 

36. Corinthian Peterboro 

37. Victoria Port Hope 

45. Excelsior Colborne 

48. St. John's Cobourg 


94. Midland Lindsay 

110. Warkworth Warkworth 

134. King Darius Cannington 

139. St. Andrew's Havelock 

168. Ionic Campbellford 

249. Palestine Bowmanville 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Gilbert Bedford Bedford, 
Stirling, Ont. 


7. The Moira Belleville 

26. St. Mark's Trenton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 


72. Keystone Stirling 

144. Presque' Isle Brighton 

161. Madoc Madoc 

227. Quinte Friendship Belleville 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William Root, 
40 Pine Street, Brockville, Ont. 




Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui 

Grenville Prescott 

Sussex Brockville 

Maitland N. Augusta 


100. St. Lawrence Brockville 

112. St. John's Morrisburg 

113. Covenant Cornwall 

132. Leeds Gananoque 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Walker 
Box 180, Russell, Ont. 


16. Carleton Ottawa 

61. Granite Almonte 

114. Bonnechere Renfrew 

116. Maple Carleton Place 

133. St. Francis Smith Falls 

143. Glengarry Maxville 


148. St. John's Vankleek Hill 

151. Laurentian Pembroke 

210. Kitchener Russell 

222. Ottawa Ottawa 

226. Prince of Wales Perth 

248. Dochert Arnprior 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Austin Cameron, 
Rainy River, Ont. 


82. Shuniah Port Arthur 

90. Golden Kenora 

140. Ft. William ..Ft. William 


149. Atwood Rainy River 

152. Alberton Ft. Francis 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Edgar Lawrence Moore, 
32 Worthington Street, North Bay, Ont. 


58. Pembroke Mattawa 

95. Tuscan Sudbury 


102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

103. St. John's North Bay 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Horace Jones, 
Box 140, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 


169. Temiskaming New Liskeard 

203. Cobalt Cobalt 

213. Northern Lights Timmins 


223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

244. Cochrane Cochrane 

251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 



Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Samuel McCormick, 
Dawson City, Y.T. 

No. 154. Klondike Dawson, Y.T. 




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St. John's 

St. Andrew and St. John. 

St. George's 

St. John's 

The Moira 

King Solomon's 




Mt. Moriah 

Mt. Horeb 




St. Mark's 





Prince Edward 








Mt. Sinai 


St. James 


St. John's 





King Hiram 

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St. Paul's 

The Malloch 




Grand River 

Prince of Wales 




St. Clair 

Mount Nebo 



















St. Catharines 















Port Hope 





St. Mary's 




St. Thomas 


Owen Sound 

Port Colborne 











North Augusta 








Niagara Falls 






Port Arthur 


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G. M. Robinson 

A. W. Shedden 

S. A. Peach 

Geo. Garnett 

Thos. W. Fryer 

H. W. Hewett 

A. E. Hunt 

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Harry E. Abell 

Bert Stephenson 

Victor H. Graves 

S. G. Tinker 



0. R. Thomson 

W. E. Judge 

R. A. McGeachy 

L. N. Wadlin 







W. J. Sutherland . . . 

F. B. Lottridge 

Walter A. Allen 

R. D. Montgomery 

A. N. Lindsay 

Wm. T. Sills 








A. Johnston 

Frank Tyrrell 

E. A. Cook 







F. C. Ward 

Jno. Stevenson 

J. E. McKibbon 




M. M. Sprague 

L. D. McClure 











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D. R. Murphy 

J. C. Massie 

W. G. McMillan 

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Jas. Ritchie 



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D J. McGillivray 

C. A. Sollitt 

F. T. Rowe 







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W. Gillatly 



W. F. Winlaw . . . , 

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Carleton Place . 


Leamington. . . . 


Southampton . . 


Gananoque .... 
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Duncan Neil 

E A. Tilley 

E. J. Jordan 

W. H. Smoker 

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R. W. Hall, Jr 

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J. L. Steele 

Arthur I. Cohen. . . 

H. P. Shautz 

Jas. E. Reader. 

Thos. Fish 

Sidney C. Russell . . 

J. H. Hughes 

W. R. Gibney 

S. L. Carr...' 

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H. S. Allen 

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Jas. P. Morrison . . . 

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W. E. Wright 

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Jas. Reid ford 

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Oliver Coles 

D. L. McDiarmid . 

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W. R. Ledcer 

W. H. Sargent 

W. A. Porteous. . . . 

D. A. Irvine 

D. T. Millsap 

T. Welch 

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T. A Firth 

H. K. Oglesby 

Geo. M. Wright.. . 

Thos. J. Mason 

H. J. Turner 

R. R. Wilson 

P. C. Denyes 

J. H. Brown 

Samuel Vila 

Jas A. North 

Robt. Somerville. . . 

R. V. Conover 

H. H. Reid 

F. Phelps 

O. C. James 

Max Cooper 

C. P. Ramsey 

Foster W. Smith.. 
W. L. Penton. . . . 
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A. W. Acheson. 

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F. R. Underhill 
M. E. Forster. . 
Jno. W. Wild.. 
Fred W. Linley 

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P. W. Rogers. . 
J. C. Crinklaw. 
C. J. C. Smith. 
Jack A. Foster. 
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Number of Members to November 30th, 1934 21,931 

Number of Registrations to November 30th, 1935 278 

Number of Joinings to November 30th, 1935 46 

Number of Restorations to November 30th, 1935 34 


Number of Withdrawals to November 30th, 1935 307 

Number of Suspensions to November 30th, 1935 688 

Number of Deaths to November 30th, 1935 391 


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No. 1. N. G. Crothers, J. N. W. Hutchison, A. T. Tugwood, C. J. 

Gallagher, F. E. Johnston, J. H. Manson. 
No. 3. J. C. Andrews, F. L. Barrett, R. G. Bland, J. A. Carrothers, 
W. F. Clark, E. F. Collins, P. L. Doig, J. R. Haslett, A. E. 
Henderson, F. K. McWaine, T. A. Nelson, E. 0. Rindelhardt, 
E. A. Saylor. 
No. 4. R. R. Downard, T. E. Boyce, P. C. Burke, C. K. Cooper, W. J. 

Hay, A. C. Pennington, J. H. Thernbeek, W. G. Downard. 
No. 5. S. N. Leeder, J. G. Mitchell, W. E. Opper, B. A. Pinder, W. S. 
Slater, F. B. Smith, A. Wardell, B. Weir, A. Weaver, G. E. 
Zavitz, J. H. Allen, W. H. Arthur, B. R. Bray, D. L. Chap- 
man, R. Darrah, H. E. Down, C. 0. Drinkwater, J. F. Green- 
away, J. L. Guest, J. I. Hodgins, Gj L. Hicks, G. W. 
No. 6. T. W. Hammond, H. M. Scherer, H. Raynor, J. T. Donnelly, V. 
Wardle; J. Embleton, H. H. Dixon, C. G. Gapes, J. Bibby, 
E. J. Upper, J. Morrison. 

K. H. Redfern. 

C. T. Rigby, E. S. Piper, T. Robertson, H. Clarkson, H. Ellis. 

W. H. Strange. O, E. Bucklee. . / ^ 

W. A. Deakenk^W. A Hunter, E. Hejjyitt, F, A. iMtfMann^l^ 
G. V. Phillips. ^T~-^~JCl3L. 

A. Anthony. VJ » 3 t 

L. Addde, J. Tocher, G. F. Ward, R. J. Fulton. 

W. J. W. Armstrong, A. M. Campbell, J. W. McCannell. 

C. H. Smedley, B. J. Hazelwood, M. E. Hartley, E. Harston, 
P. A. MacDonald, F. M. Triplett, E. Woodcock, W. O. Wilson. 

J. C. Madill, W. H. Robins. 

R. W. Craige, G. E. Coliborne, W. J. Craige, A. M. Glover, 
E. G. Loomis, A. L. Maxwell, J. McKay, T. R. Patterson, 
W. G. Patton, W. 0. Sturdy. 
No. 32. J. Campbell, T. H. McLaren, M. A. Schroder, E. Newman, 
R.W. Roelofson, W. Burnett, W. B. Dilly, D. G. Nairn, 
W. J. Hilling. 
No. 34. W. F. Coulson, F. A. Wilkinson, W. C. Mulkin, J. C. Pulford, 

E. C. Bel. 
No. 36. E. E. Logan, B. H. Meyers, J. R. Moran, G. M. Ray, A. G. 

Walmsley, C. L. Wilkinson, A. R. Laing. 
No. 37. W. R. Morton. 
No. 40. A. G. Bain, P. Charlton, A. G. Cook, G. E. Eagleton, J. A. 

Finnie, J. T. French, I. Hasson, W. Howden, D. Kenny, 

F. A. Lewis, H. A. McCutcheon, J. A. McDonald, S. McLean, 
A. McNabb, A. McNiven, C. R. Penfold, W. Parker, A. E. 
Ritchie, A. Rae, 0. Stickney, L. Sider, C. Wilson. 

No. 45. I. Palin, L. J. Redfearn, C. Scripture, G. S. Thompson, J. F. 

Wolfrain, F. I. Moore, B. Pogue, D. C. Peebles, C. E. Red- 

frason, H. G. Redfearn, F. S. Spence. 
No. 46. C. A. McLennan, F. E. Dodge, C. H. Baynes, A. E. Palmer, 

E. E. Hardisty, L. G. Maxwell, G. E. Brewer. 
No. 47. W. Penwarden, J. Pierson. 
No. 53. W. R. Stephenson, J. R. M. Martin, W. M. T. Pauling, J. 

Ferguson, A. C. Molyneaux. 
No. 54. G. Demare, J. Dennett, W. E. Eldert, P. Marsh, G. Prouse, J. 

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No. 59. A. H. Logan, T. J. A. Gamey, H. G. Breakell. 
No. 62. A. Chaplin, J. A. Gallagher, G. W. Lashbrook, A. W. J. Pay- 
ton, E. D. Readfern, S. H. Thomas. 
No. 63. W. H. McLean, E. A. Henry, D. J. McLean, J. H. Chapman, 

H. M. Vanwyck. 
No. 66. H. W. Fenton, S. E. Rozell. 
No. 72. E. R. West. 
No. 74. G. H. Adamson. 
No. 76. W. L. Duncan, J. H. S. Robertson, A. R. Land, J. B. Robinson, 

F. Miller, E. B. Paterson, R. H. Harris, A. G. Butt, A. 

McKinley, M. L. Stoner. 
No. 77. J. M. White, S. A. Frost, W. C. Low, J. Clayton, T. S. Robinson, 

W. H. Goodman, J. Moorcroft, S. H. Menzies, J. D. Wilson, 

J. H. Nesbitt, W. F. Diviney, F. A. Care, A. Martin, H. V. 

Locke, J. 0. Cameron. 
No. 78. R. C. Carter, G. H. Elliot, C. E. Findlay, E. R. York. 
No. 79. W. F. E. Brown, J. H. Champion, J. H. Cheesman, E. Doherty, 
" H. M. Libengood, J. Murray, W. H. Mclntyre, R. J. Raby, 

J. G. Storey, M. D. Wallace, R. Weir. 
No. 81. C. G. Macdonald, J. G. Turmbull, M. Cline, J. Dixon, H. A. 

Magill, Leon Magill, H. J. Davis, C. M. Smith, Geo. Vallee, 

J. R. McLaehlin, J. A. Hare, W. F. Bates. 
No. 82. A. McFayden, L. Helper, A. E. Chase, D. Battersby, J. F. 

Brittom; R. L. Bell, C. G. Johnstone; F. Menzies, F. E. 

Mathe, K. McRae, G. H. Nicholls, S. Rice, Jno. Smith, E. S. 

Saunders, C. Zest. 
No. 84. W. J. Brown, A. G. Smith, W. G. Patterson; R. Somers, H. F. 

Drummond, R. A. Stewart, E. H. Cross. 
No. 88. J. G. Convay, M. G. Stuart, F. Craig. 
No. 91. C. A. Clarke, D. C. Clarke, R. Davie, S. L. Jones, A. E. Lan- 

ning, J. Young, A. I. Mulholland, R. Waekley; E. J. Parker, 

F. W. Phillips, H. S. Vanderword. 
No. 95. W. A. McNitchell, H. A. Wairn, J. E. Lewis, P. J. McLean, 

R. H. Hall, E. A. Archibald, E. J. Hinds, M. W. Ritchie, 

O. J. Clements, T. J. Kennedy, W. G. Alston, T. J. Fee. 
No. 100. H. E. Haggerty, G. C. Howison, G. E. Holmes, E. B. Middagh, 

J. C. Laing, A. Pringle, J. A. Sharpe, A. I. Wright. 
No. 102. A. A. Pinkey. 
No. 103. F. E. Richardson, A. O. Laing, C. F. Brown, S. F. Gordon, 

E. W. Innes, H. R. Gomoll, T. W. Beasley, R. R. Lounsburg, 
R. A. Flint, C. J. Richardson, W. B. Harvey. 

No. 112. E. A. Mclnnis. 

No. 116. J. A. McEwen, L. Abel, G. C. McCallum, J. R. Mills, J. P. 

Morton, G. M. Stewart, A. Bryce. 
No. 117. C. 0. Bean, F. C. Curvin. 
No. 119. A. C. Stewart, E. C. Awrey, W. C. Wheaton, F. Hansine, C. 

No. 129. R. Fauford. 
No. 132. W T . S. Abbott. 
No. 133. F. B. Marquette. 
No. 135. D. A. Chapman, G. H. Wilkinson, J. A. McClintock, E. S. 

Barker, J. H. Beaver, W. G. Gilfillan, H. Blaney, W. A. 

Vesey, G. D. Ball, J. R. Roach, A. J. Milne, W. L. Barton, 

F. W. Fielder, G. McLean, R. H. Tapper, F. H. Chapman, 
W. J. Mather, W. L. Feasley, L. W. Allard, M. W. Acton, 
L. E. McKenzie, R. Flumerfelt. 


No. 139. A. A. Brinkman, G. G. Wright. 

No. 140. G. F. Roper, W. D. Loney, A. E. Hainsworth, L. W. Graham, 

W. B. Nase, H. Graham, H. E. Smith, P. P. Jago, R. Gibson, 

W. W. Bourdot. 
No. 144. H. C. Rundle, F. G. Harnden. 
No. 145. J. T. Breens, R. J. Armstrong, G. G. Baynham, W. H. Corbett, 

F. M. Hale, A. S. Jones, W. H. McLean, W. L. Nicholas, 
W. P. Peterson, L. D. Pelican. 

No. 148. R. M. Rutherford, H. H. Kirby, E. C. Lighthall, C. B. Danby. 

No, 152. G. Nuttall, W. Alexander, D. McMillan. 

No. 153. R. J. Watt. 

No. 154. J. B. Rutledge. 

No. 161. E. T. Givens, W. K. McGaw, W. J. Dunn, A. A. Reid, A. Mc- 
Kenzie, A. Reid, W. Clements, T. S. Blue, E. W. Cronk- 
wright, R. T. Elliott, C. Kerr, J. Wood, W. G. Gunter, J. 
Robertson, A. A. Farrer, F. Smith, R. Carney, G. Fraser, 
R. Tumelty, T. M. Downey, S. McBrea, J. Downey, H. Free, 
J. W. McNaught, G. Monroe, M. Allen, W. Rose, E. Greer, 
A. Ketoheson, 0. Pigdeon, C. Davy, W. K. Sherry, W. M. 
Francis, J. Bailey, W. J. Gardiner, S. Eagelson, H. F. Cor- 
ibett, G. F. Sills, R. G. Warren, J. Millward, G. A. Ward, 

G. R. Stringer, M. M. Shaw, G. S. Both, J. L. Lloyd, H. F. 
McClean, W. T. Stringer, R. F. Delyea, W. S. Davis, D. K. 
Card, F. A. Towle, J. Douglas, P. McDonald; J. E. Quirk, 
W. S. Sills, J. D. Narrie, R. McCoy, E. R. Schickler, W. D. 
Donnelly, R. E. Bonter„ D. Mars, W. J. Baker, D. S. Muffitt, 
C. R. Rooke, W. Wightman, C. B. Leonard, L. Lawrence, 
R. R. Parker, R. L, Barker, H. M. Miree, E. Young, A. E. 
Fletcher, J. H. MeGowan, P. L. Fox, W. Mitchell, F. H. 
Craig, W. G. Gordon, G. Springham, J. C. Tummon, E. 
Tanner, C. Tanner, W. J. McCaw, J. G. Carlisle. 

No. 163. W. Muir, G. D. Reid, E. J. Tutty, F. A. Smith. 

No. 168. D. W. Douglas, E. T. Morton, C. W. West, R. J. Allan, F. W. 

Wilsher, W. R. Bell, R. L. Haig, J. I. Adams, F. deF. Free, 

C. A. Morris, J. A. Jeffs, J. W. Hay, R. McLaren. 
No. 184. N. S. Able, V. S. Burton, H. D. Jones, G. C. Purdy, W. G. 

Slowleigh, C. G. Tait. 
No. 185. W. S. Williams, J. Williamson, A. Weir, W. R. Anderson, W. 

W. McBain, W. J. Reid, T. Granger, L. R. Staples, F. D. 

Peters, T. Roth well. 
No. 195. H. G. Fudge, W. A. Hamilton, R. M. Kilpatrick, R. Lee, G. 

Leonard, E. C. Milson, P. A. McLean, J. Patterson, 0. 

Peaker, A. F. Smith, S. H. Smith, R. P. Worthy. 
No. 203. A. J. Dawe, G. T. Gibbons, R. Jenkins, A. E. Linton, J. W. 

Myles, R. B. May, A. E. Noice, W. R. Sullivan, R. J. 

Shannon, M. E. Storms, C. S. Tittensor. 
No. 205. J. Allan, C. Cowie, S. S. Findlay, W. Nelson, N. Smith. 
No. 210. D. D. Irvine. 
No. 212. M. Covant, M. B, Cash J. J. Dubey, S. Kane, A. A. Soltz, R. J. 

Sapera, S. Wilks. 
No. 213. A. J. Craik, J. L. Hunt, R. J. Jemmitt, J. L. Kerr, J. K. 

Mas si e, R. P. Richards. 
No. 215. W. H. Danter, E. C. Hoffman, T. K. Aymer, E. A. Reed, H. T. 

Price, P. G. McKenzie, D. McCullough, L. P. Pearson, C. T. 

Gerrard, W. E. Uren. 


No. 217. W. Challanger, M. F. DeGuerre, F. McDougall, C. Rogers, 
C. W. Tyrell, C. M. Davison. 

No. 218. G. E. Foster, R. E. Henderson, R. H. Jamieson, W. H. Calhoun, 
W. J. Reffickk 

No. 220. R. Jamieson. 

No. 222. B .W. Brownlee, C. W. Anderson, G. Gray, R. H. Mowatt. 

No. 224. R. Harkness, W. G. Fish, G. G. Reeves, W. McKeeman, S. 
Wardle, E. L. Kerr, . A. Dory, J. Bigrigg, G. Tyce, A. W. L. 
Tassie, H. G. Miller, A. Wain. 

No. 225. J. E. Baker, J. Bissett, W. J. Brickenden, J. Brown, B. L. 
Clark, E. H. Cameron, A. Clarke, C. J. Danker, J. C. Dear- 
ing, W. Farquharson, E. Follis, W. Gillen, J. D. Heron, 
R. M. McCheyne, J. H. McLelland, W. J. Orett, H. Pashby, 
H. J. Pratt, A. J. Ross, J. E. Strange, C. E. Wood. 

No. 226. J. C. Oarr. 

No. 231. A. E. Lewis, C. McLean. 

No. 232. J. C. MeRae, C. M. Robson, W. J. Shibley, J. H. Solery, S. H. 
Anderson, E. G. Beckett, R. B. S. Burton, G. A. Beaver, 
W. A. Duncan, E. S. Hickson, G. H. Huckle, C. R. Harker, 
T. Houlding, H. D. Murray, A. Morrison, A. S. Molloy, 
W. J. Dunn. 

No. 233. S. H. McElwain, J. Hurst, R, 0. Blackwell, J. Moon, 
H. N. Hocken, B. Wiles, M. Nash, A. Pidgeon, F. M. 
Rynex, E. J. McLean, G. F. Zimmerman, A. I. Nicol, W. G. 
Hanscombe, H. E. Brown, G. T. Brown, Thos. Brown. 

No. 235. W. C. Waite, A. Murray, S. S. Rovelstad. 

No. 238. G. W. Blay, F. H. Bagot, R. Cherry, C. H. Burns, A. B. Craw- 
ford, D. F. Glass, A. D. Limon, G. E. Prior; C. H. Telfer, 
J. Towers, V. Wild. 

No. 239. D. A. Carghill, W. Clendenning, H. T. Downey, F. W. Boyle, 
J. F. McArthur. 

No. 241. L. L. Campbell, E. P. Garbutt, F. A. Robertson, G. E. Mason. 

No. 246. J. W. Harvey, M. G. Creswick, V. Lowens, J. J. Greenway. 

No. 248. A. Yule. 

No. 252. C. K. White, A. B. Kerr, E. W. Parrott, J. Underhill, R. D. 
Knox, R. A. White, C. B. Monerieff, W. S. Haney. 


No. 3. Henry Deacon. 

No. 4. W. A. Dawe, Geo. R. Owen, H. E. O'Neill. 

No. 19. D. C. VanDusen. 

No. 29. Roy Lindsay, J. H. Leeds, F. S. Kent. 

No. 31. Edward Shaw. 

No. 46. Thos. Hill, M. Schofield. 

No. 48. W. W. Hooey. 

No. 64. T. C. Margrett, L. S. Godwin, W. Riddell. 

No. 69. L. S. Monck. 

No. 71. F. M. Bailey. 

No. 78. A. H. Bannister, V. Maylor. 

No. 82. J. F. Newitson. 

No. 83. T. H. Bracken, J. E. Fuller, G. F. McKibbon. 

No. 90. F. P. Matthews. 

No. 103. F. R. Gomoill. 

No. 130. H. O. Bell. 

No. 131. Wm. J. Brown. 


No. 138. F. N. Taylor, Jas. Barr. 

No. 140. J. Farlinger. 

No. 145. J. A. Miller. 

No. 2-17. S. W. Bennyworbh. 

No. 222. F. W. Stremes. 

No. 246. J. M. Gibson. 


1. A. E. Hunt, 520 Frontenac St., Kingston, Ont. 

2. D. R. Gibson, 87 Sanford Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. 

3. James Elgie, 907 Lome Ave., London, Ont. 

4. J. J. Andrews, 109 Douglas Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

5. H. E. Abell, 34 Evergreen Ave., London, Ont. 

6. Bert Stephenson, Box 181, Hamilton, Ont. 

7. Victor H. Graves, 221 Albert St., Belleville, Ont. 

8. Stanley G. Tinker, 75 Kingsmount Park Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

15. W. W. Simpson, City Hall, Sarnia, Ont. 

16. Geo. Powers, 16 Rideau Terrace, Ottawa, Ont. 

18. D. R. Montgomery, 472 Dundas St., Woodstock, Ont. 

19. A. N. Lindsay, 222 St. Paul St., St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. W. T. Sills, 208 Brant Ave., Brantford, Ont. 

22. E. A. Cook, P.O. Box 400, Prescott, Ont. 

23. Jas. H. Shaw, R.R. No. 4, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. John Stevenson, 72 Ontario St., Stratford, Ont. 

26. J. E. McKibbon, Box 400, Trenton, Ont. 

27. F. C. Bendell, Box 620, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. N. W. Purdy, 386 King St. West, Oshawa, Ont. 

29. Col. J. C. Massie, Broad St. West, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. W. G. McMillan, Box 473, Goderich, Ont. 

31. Dr. D. W. Gullett, Box 251, Picton, Ont. 

32. Jas. Ritchie, 16 Middleton St., Gait, Ont. 

34. Ed. R. Lewis, 42 Brock St., Barrie, Ont. 

35. Fred T. Rowe, Centre St. South, Whitby, Ont. 

36. A. S. Couper, 247 Englebum Ave., Peterboro, Ont. 

37. H. Mitchell, Box 517, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. W. Gellatly, 225 Liverpool St., Guelph, Ont. 

41. Morley Somers, Box 502, Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. E. J. Walters, Box 224, Napanee, Ont. 

45. Andrew Wolfrain, Box 12, Castleton, Ont. 

46. Harry C. Fischer, Box 55, St. Marys, Ont. 

47. J. G. Martin, 24 Lansdowne Ave., Chatham, Ont. 

48. Chas. R. Gummow, P.O. Box 265, Cobourg, Ont. 

53. Dr. D. W. Duncan, P.O. Box 694, Petrolia, Ont 

54. H. Mortin, 79 Rains St., St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. Chas. A. Hall, P.O. Box 167, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 

56. Geo. E. Atkey, 254 6th St. East, Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. J. S. Allen, P.O. Box 55, Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. H. H. Betts, P.O. Box 55, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. Jason W. Mitchell, 85 Pine St., Brcckville, Ont. 

60. G. A. Russell, P.O. Box 29, Newmarket, Ont. 

61. E. J. Lee, P.O. Box 355, Almonte, Ont. 

63. Earl Hall, P.O. Box 229, Kincardine, Ont. 

62. W. E. Hofland, 5 Eglinton Ave. East, Toronto, Ont. 

64. Geo. Wells, Hellens Ave. & Division, Welland, Ont. 


65. Sydney H. Jones, Trinity College, Toronto, Ont. ' 

66. H. E. Jeffery, P.O. Box 32. Seaforth, Ont. 

67. R. G. Barton, P.O. Box 212, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. Wm. W. Boibier, North Augusta, Ont. 

69. C. W. F. Carpenter, P.O. Box 388, Grimsby, Ont. 

70. W. G. Gerhart, P.O. Box 554, Bracebridge, Ont. 

71. H. H. Courtney, Dalhousie St., Amherstburg, Ont. 

72. Thos. W. Soilmes, P.O. Box 6, Stirling, Ont. 

73. Thos. E. Armstrong, P.O. Box 326, Ridgetown, Ont. 

74. E. R. McNeill, Strathroy, Ont. 

75. A. L. MacNabb, P.O. Box 205, Milton, Ont. 

76. Jno. R. Weare, 2499 Cleveland Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. S. G. Newdick, 189 Marion St., Toronto, Ont. 

78. Roy G. Nunn, P.O. Box 311, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. D. S. L. MacDougall, 115 Jackman Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

80. Wilton R. Bricker, 1514 York Street, Windsor, Ont. 

81. Geo. Stewart, P.O. Box 483, Springfield, Ont. 

82. A. P. Freed, P.O. Box 85, Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. G. B. Hayes, Zina Street. Orangeville, Ont. 

84. Dr. G. H. Ross, P.O. Box 338, Wingham, Ont. 
86. F. H. Finley, P.O. Box 19, Meaford, Ont. 

88. M. S. Blackburn, P.O. Box 242, Dresden, Ont. 

90. H. S. Galloway, P.O. Box 963, Kenora, Ont. 

91. Jas. Herriot, 8 Glen-Avon Road Toronto, Ont. 

94. Chas. L. Davidson, 102 Kent St. West, Lindsay, Ont. 

95. W. H. Bain, P.O. Box 142, Sudbury, Ont. 

100. Geo. W. Morrison, 156 King St. West, Brockville, Ont. 

102. L. E. Edmonds, 522 Wellington St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. Dr. B. F. Nott, P.O. Box 55, North Bay, Ont. 

104. J. R. Grinham, P.O. Box 241, Oakville, Ont. 
110. H. S. Allen, P.O. Box 10, Warkworth, Ont. 

112. Dr. Will C. Davy, Drawer 40, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. W. Reld, 229 Fourth St. East, Cornwall, Ont. 

114. Jas. P. Morrison, P.O. Box 568, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. W. W. Tough, P.O. Box 68, Paris, Ont. 

116. H. E. Menzies, P. O. Box 654, Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. W. R. Cooper, 68 Lancaster St. West, Kitchener, Ont. 
119. Alvin Bunn, P.O. Box 106, Leamington, Ont. 

129. Fred Porterneld, P.O. Box 16, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. R. B. Hillmer, Southampton, Ont. 

131. Dr. S. E. Foster, P.O. Box 181, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. W. E. Wright, P.O. Box 622, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. T. S. McDonald, P.O. Box 1142, Smith's Falls, Ont. 

134. Mason Horner, Cameron St.. East, Cannington, Ont. 

135. V. M. Hare, Drawer, 336, Uxbrige, Ont. 

138. Jas. Reidford, 25 Brookside Ave., West Toronto, Ont. 

139. Robt. Anderson, P.O. Box 504, Havelock, Ont. 

140. Oliver Coles, 525 S. Norah St., Fort William, Ont. 

143. D. P. McDiarmid, P.O. Box 354, Maxville, Ont. 

144. Vernon Caulter, P.O. Box 117, Brighton, Ont. 

145. W. R. Ledger, 128 Collier St., Toronto, Ont. 

146. W. Harry Sargent, P.O. Box 273, Listowel, Ont. 

147. W. A. Porteous, P.O. Box 257, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. Dr. D. A. Irvine, P.O. Box 171, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. D. T. Millsap, P.O. Box 61, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. T. Welch, 573 Central Ave., London, Ont. 


151. D. W. Blakely, P.O. Box 198, Pembroke, Out. 

152. J. R. Angus, P.O. Box 92, Fort Francis, Ont. 

153. D. F. Johnson, 329 William St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. T. A. Firth, P.O. Box 527, Dawson, Y.T. 

155. Harry K. Oglesby, 25 Broadway St., Hamilton, Ont. 
161. Geo. M. Wright, P.O. Box 128, Madoe, Ont. 

163. T. J. Mason, 23 Scott St., Toronto, Ont. 

164. H. J. Turner, West Lome, Ont. 

167. Ralph R. Wilson, P.O. Box 576, Midland, Ont. 

168. P. C. Denyes, P.O. Box 1, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. J. H. Brown, P.O. Box 675, New Liskeard, Ont 
175. Samuel Vila, 241 McNabb St. South, Hamilton, Ont. 

184. Jno. A. North, P.O. Box 105, Fort Erie North, Ont. 

185. Robt. Somerville, 127 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
195. R. V. Conover, P.O. Box 802, Brampton, Ont. 
198. H. H. Reid, 41 Naywash St., Orillia, Ont. 

203. F. Phelps, P.O. Box 462, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. O. C. James, P.O. Box 48, Thornhill, Ont. 

210. A. Walker, P.O. Box 180, Russell, Ont. 

212. Max Cooper, 32 Ardmore Road, Toronto, Ont. 

213. C. P. Ramsay, P.O. Box 1427, Timmins, Ont. 

214. Foster W. Smith, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. W. Lee Penton, 161 Evelyn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

217. H. E. Walker, 85 Glebeholme Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 

218. F. O. Fleming, P.O. Box 84, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. Jas. J. Murray, 307 Kendal Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

220. W. M. Creech, Lambton Mills, Ont. 

221. W. M. Graham, Durham, Ont. 

222. A. H. McKee, 145 Patterson Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

223. J. R. Spence, P.O. Box 125, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. J. S. Drysdale, 800 Cannon St. East, Hamilton, Ont. 

225. Sam Spencer, 39 Heyworth Cres., Toronto, Ont. 

226. H. A. Dunne, P.O. Box 51, Perth, Ont. 

227. Wm. I. Cole, P.O. Box 9, Corbvville, Ont. 

230. W. A. Maxwell, P.O. Box 242, Port Credit, Ont. 

231. p. Bach, 183 Grace St., Toronto, Ont. 

232. K. N. Carrie, 58 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

233. A. W. Aoheson, 63 Earlscourt Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

234. B. Gollop, P.O. Box 1121, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. F. R. Underbill, P.O. Box 546, Aurora, Ont. 

236. M. E. Foster, P.O. Box "P," Caledonia, Ont. 

238. Jno. W. Wild, 19 Lansdowne Ave., London, Ont. 

239. F. W. Linley, P.O. Box 6. Blenheim, Ont. 

240. C. A. Merritt, R.R. No. 1. Smithville, Ont 

241. P. W. Rogers, 144 Geoffrey St., Toronto, Ont. 

242. J. C. Crinklaw, R.R. No. 2, Wilton Grove, Ont. 

243. C. J. C. Smith, 119 Hunter St. West, Hamilton, Ont. 

244. J. A. Foster, P.O. Box 179, Cochrane, Ont. 

245. H. L. Clare, 666 Hamilton St., Preston, Ont. 

246. Jas. M. Gibson, 7 Vimy Ave., Weston, Ont. 

247. G. H. Martin, 204 Elgin St., London, Ont. 

248. H. C. Gardner, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. R. M. Cotton, P.O. Box 206, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. Wm. Gillespie, 1 Elsmere Apts., Ottawa St., Windsor, Ont. 

251. Ken, Griffin, c/o Teck-Hughes Mines, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. Ed. J. Marshall, 226 Proctor St., Sarnia, Ont. 

253. E. Hind, Port Dover, Ont. 


No. 1936. 

1. G. M. Robinson, 477 Princess St., Kingston, Ont. 

2. A. W. Shedden, 21 St. Matthews Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 

3. S. A. Peach, 5 Carrothers Ave., London, Ont. 

4. G. Garnett, 159 Jones Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

5. T. W. Fryer, 960 Dufferin Ave., London, Ont. 

6. H. W. Hewett, 2 Madison Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 

7. 0. R. Thomson, 104 Dundas -St. West, Belleville, Ont. 

8. W. E. Judges, 4 Ivy Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

15. R. A. McGeachy, 483 Christina North, Sarnia, Ont. 

16. L. N. Wadlin, 172 Powell Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

18. W. J. Sutherland, 536 Princess St., Woodstock, Ont. 

19. F. B. Lottridge, 9 Junkin St., St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. W. A. Allen, 269 Grey St., Brantford, Ont. 

22. A. Johnston, Wood Street, Prescott, Ont. 

23. F. Tyrell, P.O. Box 514, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. F. C. Ward, 14 McNab Street, Stratford, Ont. 

26. N. M. Sprague, P.O. Box 16, Trenton, Ont. 

27. L. D. MciClure, Elgin Street, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. A. R. Wilson, 89 Alice Street, Oshawa, Ont. 

29. D. R. Murphy, Locke St., Dunnville, Ont. 

30. Robt. Bisset, P.O. Box 339, Goderich, Ont. 

31. Frank Kemsley, Picton, Ont. 

32. F. G. Smith, 45 Lansdowne Road North, Gait, Ont. 

34. G. H. Coles, 18 Wellington St. East, Barrie, Ont. 

35. D. J. McGillivary, P.O. Box 605, Whitby, Ont. 

36. C. A. Sollitt, 243 London St., Peterboro, Ont. 

37. C. H. Quick. Walton St., Port Hope, Ont. 

40. A. F. Moore, 51 Tiffany St. West, Guelph, Ont. 

41. W. F.Winlaw, P.O. Box 128, Beachville, Ont. 

44. A. E. Holmes, P.O. Box 337, Napanee, Ont. 

45. A. G. Cracknell, P.O. Box 341, Colborne, Ont. 

46. A. Dell, Thomas St., St. Marys, Ont. 

47. L. H. Veale, 175 Thames St., Chatham, Ont. 

48. W. R. Niles, James St. W., Cobourg, Ont. 

53. J. J. Edwards, P.O. Box 103, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. C. C. Minor, R.R. No. 7, St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. W. J. Found, R.R. No. 1, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 

56. W. B. Phillips, P.O. Box 685, Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. H. W. Kern, 193 Sugar Leaf St., Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. A. I. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. W. J. Leonard, P.O. Box 194, Brockville, Ont. 

60. E. Kyte, P.O. Box 626, Newmarket, Ont. 

61. C. Robertson, P.O. Box 282, Almonte, Ont. 

62. H. G. Gaskon, 7 Redpath Ave., Toronto. Ont. 

63. V. D. Cottrill, P.O. Box 95, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. M. F. Stewart, 74 Griffith St., Welland, Ont. 

65. D. H. Boddington, 333 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ont. 

66. G. H. Jefferson, P.O. Box 61, Clinton, Ont. 

67. D. A. Cox, P.O. Box 195, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. Stanley Hough, North Augusta, Ont. 

69. H. G. Mogg, 14 Kidd Ave., Grimsby, Ont. 

70. J. T. Andrews, P.O. Box 315, Bracebridge, Ont. 

71. E. D. Hutchinson, Sandwich Street, Amherstburg, Ont. 


72. J. E. Salisbury, Front Street, Stirling, Ont. 

73. Wm. Carnegie, R.R. No. 1, Muirkirk, Ont. 

74. R. V. Summerhayes, Strathroy, Ont. 

75. W. T. Bernard, P.O. Box 191, Milton, Ont. 

76. F. W. Morcom, 2292 Pine Grove Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. Jas. T. Gilchrist, 468 Gladstone Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

78. R. S. Freele, P.O. Box 512, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. A. S. Skinner, 108 Glebeholme Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 

80. J. F. H. Hurley, 434 Grove Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

81. Chas. A. Brooks, Talbot Street, Aylmer, Ont. 

82. A. E. Holland, 309 Argyle Street, Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. G. M. Thompson, York Street, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. J. D. Beecroft, R.R. No. 3, Wingham, Ont. 
86. L. Douglas, Meaford, Ont. 

88. C. E. Butler, R.R. No. 2, Croton, Ont. 

90. N. W. Snider, P.O. Box 522, Kenora, Ont. 

91. Jas. Craigie, 313 Margueretta St., Toronto, Ont. 

94. J. D. Hushin, 4 Colborne St. E., Lindsay, Ont. 

95. J. S. MeKessoek, 232 Pine St. West, Sudbury, Ont. 
100. P. C. Ellis, 35 Murray Street, Broekville, Ont. 

102. Duncan Neil, 370 Albert St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. E. A. Tilley, 38 Main St. West, North Bay, Ont. 

104. E. J. Jordan, Oakville, Ont. 

110. W. H. Smooker, P.O. Box 8, Warkworth, Ont. 

112. C. R. Fetterly, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. H. I. Shuts, 319 Adolphus St., Cornwall, Ont. 

114. H. W. Mayhew, Hyndford, Ont. 

115. G. F. Foulds, P.O. Box 580, Paris, Ont. 

116. J. G. Craig, Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. W. J. Leach, 1206 King St. East, Kitchener, Ont. 
119. G. R. Mills, R.R. No. 1, Kingsville, Ont. 

129. H. A. Mutton, P.O. Box 84, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. M. Mclver, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. R. J. Colter R.R. No. 2, Lions Head, Ont. 

132. J. McD. Duggin, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. G. A. Phillips, Jr., Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. E. J. Hayes, Cameron St. West, Cannington, Ont. 

135. H. V. Watson, P.O. Box 397, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. W. Agnew, 26 Macaulay Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

139. P. W. Yuill, P. O. Box 668, Havelock, Ont. 

140. W. F. Shapton, 312 N. Marks Street, Fort William, Ont. 

144. W. T. D. Fritz, Brighton,, Ont. 

145. W. C. Johnston, 38 Langford Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

146. W. A. Johnstone, Dodd Street, Listowel, Ont. 

147. F. M. Patterson, P.O. Box 266, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. Dr. D. S. McPhee, P.O. Box 152, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. H. J. Hughes, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. A. G. N. Bradshaw, 580 Grosvenor St., London, Ont. 

152. C. F. Garland, P.O. Box 773, Fort Francis, Ont. 

153. J. A. Lillie, 118 Elgin Street, Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. J. N. Spence, Dawson City, Y.T. 

155. Jno. McNiece, R.R. No. 3, Dundas, Ont. 
161. H. C. Tummon, R.R. No 1, Crookston, Ont. 

163. A. Welch, 127 Waverley Road, Toronto, Ont. 

164. V. E. Lemon, West Lome, Ont. 


167. C. P. Eagles, Sixth Street, Midland, Ont. 

168. E..'G. Tinney, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. J. E. Allin, New Liskeard, Ont. 

175. F. W. Dean, 244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton, Ont. 

184. W. W. Gorham, P.O. Box 196, Fort Erie North, Ont. 

185. J. S. McFeat, 973 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
195. R. W. Hall, Jr., P.O. Box 524, Brampton, Ont. 
198. D. H. McNabb, 14 Peter Street, Orillia, Ont. 
203. R. 0. Stromberg, P.O. Box 471, Colbalt, Ont. 
205. R. Mcintosh, Willowdale, Ont. 

210. J. L. Steele, P.O. Box 105, Russell, Ont. 

212. A, I. Cohen, 85 Marchmount Road, Toronto, Ont. 

213. H. Shantz, 79 Tamarack Street, Timmins, Ont. 

214. J. E. Reader, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. Thos. Fish, Symons Street, Mimico, Ont. 

217. S. C. Russell, 75 Normandy Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 

218. J. H. Hughes, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. W. R. Gibney, 3236 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ont. 

220. S. L. Carr, R.R. No. 1, Islington, Ont. 

221. Dan. McCallum, Durham, Ont. 

222. G. A. MacLeod, 299 MacKay Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

223. G. K. Mansell, P.O. Box 225, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. W. J. Rowney, 78 Norway Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 

225. J. €. Day, 186 Hamilton Street, Toronto, Ont. 

226. W. H. Bradley, P.O. Box 243, Perth, Ont. 

227. Roy Anderson, R.R. No. 1, Belleville, Ont. 

230. J. H. Pinchin, R.R. No. 1, Streetsville, Ont. 

231. G. H. Pepper, 9 Roe Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

232. Fred Power, 54 Gwynne Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

233. C. H. Tatton, 46 McRoberts Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

234. J. Sanford, R.R. No. 2, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. H. S. Bunn, P.O. Box 58, Aurora, Ont. 

236. W. J. Ferguson, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. A. V. Sedgwick, 428 M,cKenzie Ave., London, Ont. 

235. Geo. Reynolds, John Street, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. J. N. Smith, Smithville, Ont. 

241. H. A. Russell, 275 Kingswood Road, Toronto, Ont. 

242. Gordon Howell, Lambeth, Ont. 

243. Roland Wray, P.O. Box 134, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

244. A. T. Ivy, P.O. Box 227, Cochrane, Ont. 

245. G. V. Hilborn, P.O. Box 501, Preston, Ont. 

246. W. J. Hales, 4 Gratlan Street, Weston, Ont. 

247. J. Taman, 184 Egerton Street, London, Ont. 

248. J. O. Gardner, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. A. E. Billett, Hampton, Ont. 

250. Geo. Higgins, 545 Lincoln Road, Walkerville, Ont. 

251. R. A. Bilbrough, P.O. Box 920, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. A. R. Calcott, 284 S. Vidal Street, Sarnia, Ont. 

253. Dr. J. D. Struthers, Port Dover, Ont. 





Grand Chapter 




Frederick W. Elliott 

E. M. Carleton 

Port Credit 


Robert W. Clewlo 


W. N. Ponton 


W. H. G. Garrioch 


Rev. A. S. H. Cree 

W. Y. Mills 

Robt. Henry Reid 

Frank Ebbitt 

W. G. Price 

Port Credit 

Wm. J. Tow 

W. M. Logan 

W. J. Potts. . . 


Morgan R. Gri 3?th 

Walter H. Davis 

R. B. Dargavel 

C. W. Haentschel 

Frank G. McLean 

J. Al8. Burnett 


Edwin Smith . . 

Ed. Worth 


Smith Falls 

D. H. McCracken . . 


J. H. C. Woodward 

Wilbert L. Stewart 


V. M. Hare... 



Fred G. Smith 

S. S. Forbes 

W. J. Armstrong 




Howard E. Meadd 




Grand Chapter 




F. S. Watson 

Fort Smith 

West Los Angeles 

Geo. N. Delap 


Chas. R. McCord 


Fred W. Soady 

William H. Baugh 

E. W. F. Holler 





D. Henry Childs 


Kansas City 

Clemens A. Spellman 

Edgar W. Mair 

Arthur McCarthney Dunstan 

Godfrey Pittis . . 


H. B. Mathews. . . 

Lindfield, Sydney 
New York City 

Edward W. Rolle 

James Hamilton Harkness 

W. G. Bandy 

Guy R Van Sickle. . 


G. S. Wright . 



Sir J. C. Watson, M.B.C., K.C. . . . 

W. Goodloe. . . 


E. R. Glover... 


Frederick J. Thomas 

Arthur L. Mattern 




Richard H. Repath 




Grand Chapter 






British Columbia 






District of Columbia 























New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New Mexico 

New South Wales 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 







Rhode Island 



South Carolina 

South Dakota 








Western Australia 

West Virginia 



Gen. Grand Chapter, U.S... . 
England-Wales M.M.M. L'gr 

Guy T. Smith 

C. A. MacPherson 

Harry A. Drachman 

John Wolfe 

J. W. Prescott, G.S.E 

Thos. A. Davies 

Edwin Smith, G.S.E 

W. W. Cooper 

W. L. Cort 

John W. Macklem 

J. Claude Keiper 

P. Colville Smith, G.S.E.. 

Wilber P. Webster 

W. J. Penn, Jr 

Edward H. Way 

J. E. Jeffers 

C. H. Warren 

Geo. E. Masters 

H. C. Shellard, G. Reg. . . 

E. Elmei F. Strain 

G. Allison Holland 

C. C. Brown 

Conver E. Leach 

George Syme 

Gustav A. Eitel 

Raymond T. Sewell 

Chas. A. Conover 

John Fishel 

Edward L. Faucette 

Ray V. Denslow 

Luther T Hauberg 

Lewis E. Smith 

L. M. Semenza 

J. Twining Hartt 

Harry M. Cheney 

Charles D. McCracken. . . 
Alpheus A. Keen 

F. R. Sinden 

Chas. C. Hunt 

Chas. W. Nielsen 

W. Ritchie 

Walter L. Stockwell 

Brenton F. Porter 

Mont. C. Hambright 

James A. Lathin 

D. Rufus Cheney 

Joseph E. Quinby 

W. W. Williamson, G.S.E, 

R. W. G. Kendrick 

Wilbur A. Scott 

Francis B. Reilly, G.S.E. . 
Geo. A. Howell, G.S.E. . . 

O. Frank Hart 

Geo. A. Pettigrew 

T. E. Doss 

T. M. Bartley 

J. M. Dunlop 

Archie S. Harriman 

Charles K. Cahn 

Jas. M. Clift 

Wesley C. Stone 

Hush R. Anderson 

G. M. Ford 

William F. Weiler 

Richard H. Repath 

Chas. A. Conover 

T. G. L. Lumley-Smith . . 

Montgomery, Mas. Temple 

1412 Second St. N.W., Calgary 

Masonic Temple, Tuscan, Arizona 

Batesville, 100 Spring St. 

Vancouver, 603 Hastings St. W. 

San Francisco, Rm. 423, Mas. Temple 

London, Ont. 

Denver, Rm. 319, Mas. Temple 

Hartford, Mas. Temple 

Wilmington, Box 94 

Washington, Mas. Temple 

London, W.C., Freemasons Hall 


801 Mulberry St., Macon 

Boise, Box 1203 

Springfield, Box 656 

Tipton, Mas. Temple 


Dublin, Freemasons Hall 

Topeka, Masonic Temple 


New Orleans, Rm. 301, Mas. Temple 

Portland, Mas. Temple 

Winnipeg, Masonic Temple 

Baltimore, Mas. Temple 

Boston, Mas. Temple, Rm. 209 

Coldwater, 95 W. Chicago St 

St. Paul, Masonic Temple 




Omaha, M.T., 19th and Dougla 


St. John, Ritchie's Bldg. 



Albuquerque, Box 535 

Sydney, Unity Bldg., 16 Callaug 

New York City, Mas. Hall 

Wellington, Box 236 

Raleigh, N.C. 


Truro, Box 145 


Muskogee, Rm. 12, Flint Nat. Bank 

Portland, Masonic Temple Bldg. 

Philadelphia, Mas. Temple 

Montreal, Box 3172 

Box 425 F., Brisbane 

Providence, 87 Weybossett St. 

Regina, 312 Westman Chambers 

Edinburgh, 76 Queen St. 


Sioux Falls, Mas. Temple 

Nashville, 306 7th Ave. N. 


Salt Lake City 

Burlington, Mas. Temple 

Melbourne, 164 Flinders St. 

Richm >nd Masonic Temple 

Spokane, 412 Hyde Bldg. 

Perth, St. George's Terrace 

Wheeling, 1407 Market St. 

Milwaukee, 790 N.VanBuren St. 

Cheyenne, P.O. Box 816 

Coldwater, Mich. 

London, W.C., Mark Masons' Hall 



Grand First Principals of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1936 

♦W. M. Wilson 1857 

*Thompson Wilson 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1859-60 

*John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Haiington 1863-4-5-6 

7-8-9-70- J 

*S. B. Harman 1872 

*C. D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymonr 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

*F. J. Menet 1877-8 

*Daniel Spry 1879-80 

♦Donald Ross 1881-2 

*H. Macpherson 1883-4 

*Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

*Robt. Hendry, Jr 1887 

♦R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

*J. J. Mason 1890-1 

♦J. E. Harding 1892-3 

*J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

*M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

*Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

*Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

*A. Shaw 1903-4 

*William Roaf 1905-6 

♦John Leslie 1907-8 

George Moore 1909-10 

*Fred W. Harcourt 191 1-2 

♦Daniel F. Macwatt 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-6 

A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-8 

Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

*H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

♦Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

Edwin Smith 1928-9 

Walter G. Price, D.D.S 1930-1 

Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D 1932-3 

Alexander Cowan 1934 

George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

Honourary Past Grand First Principals of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 


♦Henry Robertson 1888 

*Kivas Tully 1891 

♦Hugh Murray 1903 

Harry H. Watson 1909 


*E. T. Malone 1919 

*A. T. Freed 1920 

*Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter 
of Canada 

♦Thomas B. Harris 1857-73 

*R. P. Stephens 1874-5 

*Daniel Spry 1876-7 

♦David McLellan 1878-91 

♦Thomas Sargant 1892-8 

♦George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

♦Henry T. Smith 1916-1929 

Edwin Smith 1930-1936 





Address of Welcome to Grand Z. from Chapters of St. Catharines 

and District - 15-16 

Address of Grand Z 17-35 

Amendments to By-Laws 27-110 

Annual Convocation, Where Held 3 

Annual Statement of Receipts of Chapters 106-109 

Appointment of Grand Officers 149-150-151 

Appointment of Grand Representatives 29 

Assets of Grand Chapter _ 105-123 

Auditor's Certificate _ 122 

Chapters by District 154-157 

Chapters Represented _ - 5-12 

Chapters Not Represented 12-13 

Civic Welcome 4-5 

Committee on Benevolence _ 117 

Credentials, Reports of Committee on 5-12 

Deaths „... 138-142 

Dispensations Issued _ 29-30-110 

Distinguished Visitors, Received from — 

Grand Chapters, Quebec, General Grand Chapter of the 
U.S.A., Michigan, British Columbia, New York, New Jersey, 
Grand Lodge of Canada, Knights Templar, A. & A.S.R., 

R. & S.M - _ _ _ 13-14 

District Grand Superintendents, Elected _ 103-104 

District Grand Superintendents, Reports of 35-101 

Education _ - - 33-34 

Election of Officers 117 

Executive Committee — Elected Members 117 

Executive Committee — Appointed Members _ 149 

Executive Committee — Benevolence _ 117 

Executive Committee and Sub-Committee 151-153 

Exaltations and Losses Ill 

First Principals of Chapters with Addresses 171-173 

Fraternal Correspondence Appendix 

Fraternal Correspondence — Report Presented 103 

Fraternal Dead _ 22-25-138-142 

Grand Chapter — Opened 4 

Grand Chapter — Officers Present 3 

Grand Chapter — Representatives Present 16-17 

Grand Chapter — Closed _ 151 

Grand Chapter — Banquet, etc , 151 



Grand Representatives - - 174-175 

Grand Secretaries - - - 176 

Grand Superintendents of District Present -....- 3 

Grand First Principals Since 1857 177 

Grand Scribes E. Since 1857 177 

Grant to Committee on Arrangements, St. Catharines _ 144 

Greetings and Communications — 102 

Guests Convey Greetings - 154 

Honours Tendered Distinguished Visitors - 13-14 

Historian Elected - - 114 

In Memoriam - 137 

Installation of Officers _ _ 140 

Invocation - - - - 4 

King's Cancer Fund 25 

Membership - 141-163 

Minutes of Annual Convocation, 1935, Adopted 16 

Name of Grand Chapter 146 

Next Place of Meeting, Toronto 149 

Notice of Motion - „ 147-148 

Present Standing of Membership 141 

Presentation, Jewels to Members of Grand Chapters, 25, 50 and 

55 Years 30-32 

Receipts from Chapters „ 106-109 

Report of Committee on: 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 114-116 

Printing _ „ 113 

Change of Time of Grand Chapter 145 

Acting Grand Superintendent of Yukon be a R. Ex. Cornp 146 

Change of Name „ 146 

Royal Arch Masons' Welfare 118 

Reports of Executive on: 

Audit and Finance „ 119-124 

Benevolence _ _ 125-126 

Condition of Capitular Masonry _ „ „..127-136 

Fraternal Dead „ 138-142 

Grand Z.'s Address _ 142-144 

Report of Grand Treasurer _ 104-105 

Report of the Grand Scribe E _ 106-112 

Resolution to Receive Report: 

Royal Arch Masons' Welfare 118 

Fraternal Dead _ _ _ 142 



Change of Time of Grand Chapter 145 

Acting Grand Superintendent of Yukon be a R. Ex. Comip 146 

Resolution to Receive and Adopt Reports on: 

Audit and Finance 124 

Benevolence 126 

Committee on Printing 113 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 136 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 116 

Change of Name 147 

Grand Treasurer 105 

Grand Scribe E 112 

Grand Z.'s Address .._ 144 

Refund Per Capita on Unemployed 124 

Returns of Constituent Chapters 158-163 

Recapitulation 163 

Restorations 167-168 

Royal Arch Masons in Good Standing, . Admitted 16 

Scrutineers of Ballot _ 114 

Suspensions 164-168 

Scribes of Chapters — Names and Addresses .._ 168-170 

Second Day — Wednesday . 10'3 

Time of Holding Grand Chapter 123-4 

Vote of Thanks to: 

Credentials Committee 113 

Installing Board 149 

Niagara District, etc 144 

Scrutineers - 144 


The Index finger writes to "help not hinder" — a working tool. 

A— Age— West Virginia, Texas, Quebec, Wisconsin, Alberta, New York. 
Ancient Mysteries — Saskatchewan. 
Achievements — District of Columbia. 
Architects — Michigan. 
Anti-Masonry — Illinois. 
Anthology — New York. 
Atheism — Connecticut. 

Ampthill — Lord — England and Mark Master Masons. 
Affiliation — Scotland. 
Attendance — Idaho. 

B — Briggs — Pennsylvania, New York. 

Biography— Oklahoma, Montana 1935, Michigan. 

Brown, E. B. — Quebec. 

Bridge — New South Wales. 

Board of Education — Wisconsin. 

Beauty — Wisconsin, District of Columbia. 

Building — Ohio, New Zealand, Delaware, New York. 

Burning Bush — Florida. 

Beer — District of Columbia. 

Brotherhood — District of Columbia. 

Black Ball — District of Columbia. 

Busy Men — Michigan. 

Banks — Iowa. 

Brains — Iowa. 

C — Crowns — Pennsylvania. 

Creed — Connecticut. 

Compression — New York. 

Canada — New York. 

Charter — New York. 

Conservatism — New York. 

Courtesies — Arizona, West Virginia. 

Courage — Colorado, Texas, Oregon, District of Columbia, Mas- 
sachusetts Pennsylvania. 

Changes — Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Louisiana. 

Communism — Texas, Oregon, South Carolina, Ohio, Louisiana, Cali- 
fornia, Connecticut, Idaho. 

Counterfeit — South 'Carolina. 

Contacts — Oklahoma, Wisconsin, North Dakota, New Zealand, Maine, 

Committees — Wisconsin, Ohio. 

Chiseling Cheapness — Wisconsin, Michigan. 

Confidence — Ohio, North Dakota. 

Cube — Ohio. 

Crops — North Dakota. 

Circles of Elders — North Dakota. 

Circle of Friendship — North Dakota. 

Cryptic Masonry — North Dakota, New Zealand. 

Conscience — New Zealand, Louisiana. 

Community — Montana 1935, Alabama. 


Craft Lodges — Louisiana. 

Chapter — Virginia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Scot- 
land, England. 

Cam p — Mi chi gan . 

Chaos — Alberta. 

Companionship — Alberta, Massachusetts, New York. 

Co-operation — New Hampshire. 

Carry on — Wyoming. 

Caravan — Wyoming. 

Crusader — Wyoming. 

Cyrus — California. 

Cement — Delaware. 

Character — Minnesota 1933, Illinois. 

Consolidation. — Illinois. 

Clouds — Iowa. 
D — Dictators — Missouri. 

Degrees — West Virginia, Tennessee, District of Columbia, Mas- 
sachusetts, Alberta. 

Death — Montana, Nevada, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, South 
Dakota, Queensland, Kentucky. 

Depression — Colorado, Saskatchewan. 

Dispensations — Texas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania. 

Dreamer — Oregon, Louisiana. 

De Molay — Wisconsin, Michigan, Connecticut. 

District Deputies — Florida. 

Delinquents — Montana 1935. 

Demit> — District of Columbia, Kentucky. 

Democracy — Alberta, Idaho. 

Date of Meeting — Alberta. 

Dues — Minnesota 1933. 

Discipline — Queensland. 

Disability — New York. 

Duty — New York. 

E — Education — Kansas, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, 
District of Columbia, Massachusetts, California, Iowa, South 

Edinburgh — Tennessee. 

Effects of Masonry — Delaware. 

Economic Stability — Illinois. 

F — Frozen Assets — Missouri, Pennsylvania. 

Fundamentals — Kansas, Montana, Texas, Illinois 

Friendship — Texas, North Dakota, New Zealand, District of Columbia. 

Alberta, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Queensland, Connecticut, 

Pennsylvania, England, Idaho. 
Fidelity — Georgia, Quebec. 
Faith — Quebec, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Iowa, South Dakoto. 

Fitness — New iSouth Wales, Ohio. 
Forward — North Dakota. 
Fear — Louisiana. 
Flag — Tennessee, California. 
Fees — Virginia. 
Fix the Facts — Massachusetts. 
Finances — Washington. 


G — 'General Grand Chapter — Arizona, Maine, Tennessee, New Jersey. 
Gavel — West Virginia, Kansas, Washington. 

Grand Representatives — West Virginia, Virginia, New York. 
Glory — Montana. 

Garfield — Montana. 

General Grand High Priest — Nevada. 

Grand Superintendents — Nova Scotia, Tennessee, Alberta, Scotland. 

Grand Secretary — Georgia, Oklahoma, New Zealand, Florida, 
Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New 

Gold — Georgia, Quebec, Wyoming, New Yoik. 

Grand Lecturer — Wisconsin. 

God — District of Columbia. 

Great Adventure — Massachusetts. 

Gladness — Massachusetts. 

Greatness — Massachusetts, Alberta, England. 

Gr ati tu de — Mi chi ga n . 

Grand Lodge — Washington. 

Golden Rule — Alberta, Queensland. 
H — Humour — Missouri, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio, Mon- 
tana 1935, Alberta. 

History — Nova Scotia, Oklahoma, Maine, Washington, New Hamp- 

Home — Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, Alabama, 

Help — Quebec, Tennessee, Minnesota 1934, Virginia, New Jersey, 
Michigan, Alberta, New York. 

Hope — Tennessee. 

Hospitality — New Jersey. 

High Priesthood — New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsyl- 

Hieroglyphics — Washington. 

Heredity — Illinois. 
I — Invocation — Missouri, Ohio, Alberta, Illinois, South Dakota, New 
York, Idaho. 

In Memoriam — See Necrology. 

Interdependence — Kansas, Nova ^Scotia, Oregon, Maine, Louisiana, 
District of Columbia, Michigan, Alberta. 

Intervisitation — Saskatchewan, Michigan, Washington, Connecticut, 

Immortality — Wisconsin, Illinois, South Dakota. 

Industry and Masonry — Ohio. 

Installation — New Zealand. 

Index — Maine. 

Indifference — Virginia. 

Ideals — Washington, Wyoming. 

Infidels — Wyoming. 

Investments — Indiana. 
J — Jewel — Georgia. 

Jungle — New Zealand. 

Joshua Association — Delaware. 
K — Kindness — Mississippi. 

Kingdom of God — Kansas. 

Knowledge — New Jersey. 


L — Level — Missouri. 

Losses— -West Virginia, Kansas, South Carolina, New South Wales, 

District of Columbia, New Jersey, Wyoming, Illinois. 
Life — Kansas, Georgia, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Michigan, 

Alabama, South Dakota, Connecticut. 
Lip Service — Nova Scotia. 

Light — Texas, Oregon, Montana 1935, Queensland, Idaho. 
Luncheon Clubs — Texas. 
Legislation — Oregon, Massachusetts. 
Love — a Bridge — Oregon, Louisiana. 
Liberty — South Carolina, Saskatchewan. 
Leaders — Wisconsin, North Dakota, District of Columbia, New 

Jersey, California. 
Legion — Wisconsin. 
Lodges — New York, Louisiana. 
Love lights fires — New York. 

M — Memorials — (See Necrology. 

Manhood — Mississippi, New Zealand, Massachusetts, Alberta, Dela- 
ware, South Dakota. 
Master's Word — Texas. 

Masonic Trailers — Texas, New Jersey, Iowa, New York, Connecticut, 
Masonry and Nation — South Carolina, California. 
Mirage of the Plains — Saskatchewan. 
Music — Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, England. 
Money — Ohio, Maine. 
Mark — Montana 1935. 
Mediterranean — Maine, Scotland. 
Mailed Fist — Maine. 
Mother — Virginia. 
Masonic Periodicals — Michigan. 
Masonry in Action — California. 

Mark Master Masons — Queensland, Connecticut, England. 
Mercier, Cardinal — New York. 

N — Necrology — Missouri, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kansas, Colorado, 
Texas, Oregon, South Carolina, Saskatchewan, Oklahoma, 
New South Wales, Wisconsin, North Dakota, New York, South 
Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Delaware, California, Wyoming, 
Washington, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Tennessee, Louisiana, 
Montana 1935, Florida, England, Scotland, Kentucky. 

Names — Nova Scotia, Maine, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, 
Scotland, England. 

New South Wales — Texas. 

Numbers — New South Wales. 

Nationalism — New Jersey. 

Notices — Massachusetts. 

Never-say-die — Alberta. 

News Letter — Connecticut. 

0— Old Age— See Age. 

Optimism — Saskatchewan, Minnesota 1933, Iowa, Alberta. 
Opportunity — Ohio. 
Oxenham, John — Maine. 
Officers — Wyoming, Indiana. 
Organization — Iowa. 


Official Family — Connecticut. 
Obituaries — See Necrology. 

P — Past Grand High Priests — Missouri, Colorado, Montana 1935, Indiana. 
Pulpit — Missouri. 

Portraits — West Virginia, Wyoming. 
Pilot — Montana. 
Prolixity — Oregon. 
Prime Minister — Saskatchewan. 
Press On — Wisconsin. 

Problems — Wisconsin, Virginia, New Hampshire, Wyoming. 
Parish Priest — Wisconsin. 
Peace — Ohio, Alberta. 
Public Duty — North Dakota, Idaho. 
Prove All Things — Louisiana. 
Proceedings — New Jersey, Pennsylvania. 
Publications — Michigan. 
Power — Washington. 
Pane of Glass — Washington. 
Prayer — See Invocation. 

Practical Points — -New Hampshire, Wyoming. 
Prominent Men — California. 
Patriotism — California. 

Poetry — Minnesota 1933, New York, Delaware. 
Princess Margaret — Illinois. 
Positive and Negative — Iowa. 
Play the Game—Queensland. 

Q — Quest — District of Columbia. 

R — Reviews — Mississippi, Texas, Saskatchewan, Quebec, New South 
Wales, Montana 1935, District of Columbia, New Jersey, 
Wyoming, New York, Pennsylvania. 

Rubbing Shoulders — West Virginia. 

Rank and File — West Virginia, Georgia, Quebec, Ohio. 

Ritual — West Virginia, Saskatchewan, New South Wales, Wisconsin. 
Montana 1935, Michigan, Alberta. 

Road of Life — Nova Scotia. 

Resigning Office — South Carolina. 

Raw Material — Georgia. 

Research — Saskatchewan. 

Revival — Oklahoma, Maine, Michigan. 

Right is Might — New iSouth Wales. 

Rehearsals — New South Wales. 

Roses — New South Wales. 

Rest— New South Wales. 

Royal Arch Span — Montana 1935. 

Reunions — Tennessee. 

Reconstruction — New Jersey, Alberta. 

Roll Call — Connecticut. 

S — Sweden — England. 

Sam Helm — Missouri, Texas. 

Secretaries — Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota 1934. 
Symbols — West Virginia, Oregon, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Washington. 
Suspensions— Colorado, Nevada, South Carolina, Maine, Louisiana, 
District of Columbia. 


Slaughter — Colorado. 

Students' Loan Fund — Nevada, Vermont. 

Strength — Texas. 

Speculative — Texas. 

Spring — Texas. 

(Spiritual — Oregon, Saskatchewan. 

Sanity — North Dakota. 

Slides — Maine. 

Square and Compass Club — Louisiana. 

Service — Louisiana. 

Stepping Stones — District of Columbia, Wyoming, Connecticut. 

Synthetic Mason — New Jersey. 

Sun — Washington. 

Social Credit — Alberta. 

Seed — Wyoming. 

Sojourner — Wyoming. 

Sire and Sons — Wyoming. 

Side Lines — New York. 

Scottish Rite — Connecticut. 

T — Triangle — -West Virginia. 

Temple — West Virginia, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Ohio, 

Delaware, Iowa, Queensland, Pennsylvania. 
Time — Kansas, New Zealand, Massachusetts, Michigan. 
Truth — Texas, New Zealand, Montana 1935, Wyoming. 
Testing — South 'Carolina, Ohio, New York. 
Talent — Saskatchewan. 
Travel — New /South Wales. 
Trust — New Zealand, Connecticut. 
Top-heavy — Montana 1935, Pennsylvania, Arizona. 
To-morrow — Virginia. 
Tools — District of Columbia. 

Tribute — Massachusetts, Washington, California, England, Scotland. 
Task— Minnesota 1933. 
Thumbs — New York. 

U — Unity — Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota 1934, Queensland. 

V — Verities — Missouri, West Virginia. 

Valley of Decision — Montana 1934. 
W — Work — Colorado, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Wisconsin, Montana 1935, 
Wyoming, Kentucky. 

Wake up — Georgia. 

Will to do — Oklahoma, Ohio. 

Will— Montana 1935, Illinois. 

Way of Life— Minnesota 1934. 

Winsor, Lou B. — Michigan. 
Y — York Rite — California. 
Z — Zeal — Tennessee, England. 

Compiled with a view to helping others to help themselves in pur- 
poseful progress and in stimulating interest in a Review of Reviews. 

Belleville, February, 1936. P.G.Z. 



James J. Douglas, Grand High Priest. 
Guy T. Smith, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Eighth Annual was held in Mont- 
gomery, December 3, 1934. 

Eleven G.H.P. 's were honoured in the East. 
Canada's Grand Representative did not answer Roll Call. 
The G.H.P. begins optimistically: — 

"Existing conditions in our economic affairs, so in many parts of our 
State our leaders are reporting an improvement in Capitular affairs. 
There is a clarion call for action which is toeing nobly responded to by 
our Companions." 

He mourned the loss of two Past Grand High Priests. 
With regard to the Masonic Home he said : — 

"While we are assembled in this annual meeting, let us remember the 
one hundred and sixty residents of the Masonic Home, and the necessaries 
of life. In addition to the foregoing there are one hundred and forty- 
two applicants on the waiting list to enter the Home, but cannot be ad- 
mitted because there isn't sufficient to take care of them." 

William B. Clemmons, Chairman Committee on Foreign 
Correspondence, reported no recommendations for recognition 
of other Grand Chapters. 

From the Committee on Necrology the following : — 

"It is said when the life of Daniel Webster — that grand drama — was 
drawing to a close, he is represented to have said, 'Life-Life-how curious 
it is! 7 iHow curious- it is that the realities of the immortal world should 
be based upon the crumbling vanities of this, and that the path to infinite 
life should be through the dark shadow of the grave!" 

Under Masonry and American Citizenship we read: — 

"A nation, or a commonwealth, or even a community, is no greater, 
no 'matter what its wealth of natural resources, than the mass level of 
intelligence of its citizens." 

Edward Houston Wills was elected G.H.P. 

Membership 4,693. Net loss 1,161. 

Lew Lazarus, of Birmingham ,is the Grand Representative 
of Canada, and John W. Lawrence, of Toronto, a veteran 
Mason, is the Grand Representative of Alabama. 


Andrew Davison, Grand First Principal. 

Cyril A. MacPherson, Grand Scribe E. 

The Twenty-first Annual Convocation was held in Calgary, 
20th March, 1935. Ten Past Grand Z.'s were present doing 
duty and receiving honour. 

Visitors from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were welcomed. 

In his reply Companion Irwin said : — 


"Your personality, good-will and ability have succeeded during the 

"We in iSaskatchewan and Manitoba were instituted in the same year 
and you are a little older than we. Which reminds me of the story of the 
mam who married a twin sister, one of a pair who were so much alike 
that it was impossible to tell them apart. (As twins we are visiting with 
you this morning.) The story has it that the other twin went to live 
with this man and his wife, and one day a friend asked him how he could 
distinguish between the sisters. 'I don't/ he said, 'I just let the twin 
take care of herself.' " 

The Grand Representatives were cordially received. 

The Grand First Principal is also the Mayor of Calgary, 
"the sunshiine City of the Foothills". He noted that Grand 
Chapter became of age on that day and contrasted the origin 
in 1915 with 22 Companion representing 7 Chapters who 
constituted the Grand Body. 

"When I have gathered all the fresh, sweet bloom of youth, 

And stand upon life's hilltop, looking back; 
When I have sounded deeps of clear unfettered truth 

Have left some hopes, some dreams, along my track; 
May Peace her cloak of white about me fold, 

And Love hold fast my hand as I grow old. 
When down the western slope of time I take my way, 

And leaves of autumn rustle 'neath my feet; 
May I recall with quiet joy life's glad young May, 

When dreams were real, and days were long and sweet, 
Keep me, iGod, from growing hard and cold, 

For, oh ! I would be young when I grow old." 

His reaction to the District meetings is thus expressed: — 

"Even in districts where crop failures have been the rule rather than 
the exception, the Companions displayed a never-say-die attitude which 
was commendable and which augurs well." 

At the meeting in Kitchener he had been represented by 
R. Ex. Comp. Empey, who duly reported. 

The following is worth reproduction — especially in view of 
Alberta's recent vote establishing Social Credit. The idea is 
evidently "on the air." 

"Companions, to-day we are living in a topsy-turvy world — in an age 
of paradoxes. For five years this old earth of ours has been in its most 
chaotic state in modern times. Discontent and confusion have been, and 
still are, rampant in every civilized land. Experiments of one kind and 
another have been, and still are being tried, governmentally, financially 
and industrially ,to alleviate the conditions, but all, up to the present, 
have failed, so that at the end of five years our political, financial and 
industrial leaders stand nonplussed and confused at the conditions which 
confront them. We see on all sides a state of poverty and want in the 
midst of plenty. We observe in this so-called democratic age in many 
countries a rapid and alarming increase in dictatorships, where certain 
individuals, such as Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini, have arrogated to them- 
selves powers and prerogatives that even exceed those that were pos- 
sessed by kings and potentates of less enlightened times, and with no 


particular protest from the classes and masses of their respective coun- 
tries, for the time being at least. 

"There is no doubt about it, Democracy is mow on trial. The general 
breakdown in our economic machinery, the existence of paradoxical con- 
ditions. In this day and generation there is no such thing as complete 
national isolation. With advances in transportation methods, with the 
ever-increasing circulation of the daily newspaper, and with the per- 
fecting of wireless and radio and their universal use, the various integral 
units of this old world have been brought into such close contact that any 
happening, untoward or otherwise, in some leading country, has immediate 
effects in other lands, no matter how far removed." 

Anent the Peace Memorial: — 

"Thousands of Masons, many of them prominent in national and 
international affairs attended this remarkable gathering from the four 
corners of the earth. And peace and amity prevailed. 

"Why could not a similar gathering be held to give thought to world- 
wide problems? — problems which unless they are speedily solved, may 
imperil the very existence of our present-day civilization. 

"The viewpoint and outlook of Freemasonry to-day are entirely dif- 
ferent, I believe, to what they were two or three generations ago. More 
and more we are beginning to realize that we can and should be a bene- 
ficial factor in the life of our country and of the world generally, and not 
live entirely unto ourselves. If we could only use the Golden Rule as the 
yardstick by which to measure and regulate our lives and conduct, what 
a wonderful world this would be! 

"What makes a country really great? 

Not lands, nor forts nor gold nor dress, 
But citizens whose lives are set 
To service and to righteousness. 

"A mansion cannot make a home, 

Nor Nature's dower make a state ; 
The greatness of her sons alone 
Can make a country really great. 

"That is, indeed, a goodly land, 

Happy and strong and beautiful, 
Where each promotes the public good 
And all are brave and dutiful. 

"A faithful friend is a strong defence, and he that found him hath 
found a treasure. There is nothing that can be taken in exchange for a 
faithful friend, and his excellence is beyond price." 

Canada's Grand Representative was not present. 

The Six Districts reported briefly and comprehensively. 

Membership 2,189. Net decrease 150. Chapters 30. 

From the Report of the Committee on Masonry we take 
the following: — 

"We commend those Chapters who were willing to compromise with 
their Companions in the payment of dues. 

"We recommend: That the duties of the Grand Superintendent be 
put in printed form, and that each Grand Superintendent be supplied 
with a copy by Grand Scribe E., when he is installed." 


The Committee on Fraternal Dead quote: — 

"With thy rude ploughshare, Death, turn up the sod 
And spread the furrow for the seed we sow; 
This is the field and Acre of our God, 

This is the place where human harvests grow." 

A motion to change the date of meeting of Grand Chapter 
from March to May was tabled for one year and Grand Scribe 
E. was instructed to communicate with each Chapter asking 
for an expression of opinion. 

W. E. Mercer was elected Grand First Principal. 

J. M. Empey, of Mitchell, represents Alberta, and F. S. 
Watson, of Edmonton, represents Canada. 

From the Foreword of the Committee on Foreign Corres- 
pondence : — 

"Many members were Masons in name only ; they were not a help but 
rather were they a hindrance. We have, however, lost some who were a 
real asset. Let us endeavour to bring these back to the fold. And last, 
but perhaps most important of all, let us strive to consolidate our present 

Canada at Broekville is briefly reviewed. M.M.D., well 
known initials, referring to the following: — ■ 

"The Grand Z. during his term of office was also Supreme Grand 
Master of Great Priory of Canada. He took the opportunity of visiting 
the Yukon. We were glad to see him in Alberta. 

"R.E. Companion Ault, in welcoming the delegates, expressed his 
regret that Grand Chapter was convened at this season of the year, other- 
wise he would have arranged a trip through the Thousand Islands. 

"Grand '.Scribe E. reports cash receipts $15,499 and expenditures (in- 
cluding benevolent grants) $19,509. Total assets amount to $104,000. 

"The report on Fraternal 'Correspondence is again by Companion 
Ponton. The topical review with which he prefaces it is of great assist- 
ance to the reader." 

This from the Review of Delaware : — 

"The prime function of Masonry is the building of MANHOOD. For 
this work Masonry provides the specifications. Specifications, however, 
are but worthless paper unless they are made to live in tangible form. 
. . . Ours is a rich heritage. As guardians of this heritage we are 
bound by solemn obligations." 

This from the Review of District of Columbia: — 

"It is more important that the Chapters work than that they do the 
work well. Companion Karsner bitingly remarks: 'Remember, petitions, 
hand-shaking, back-slapping, pussy-footing, hard work, but Petitions. 
Just, Go get 'em — for what?' 

"Karsner comments: 'The Chapters are not the only thing that is 
asleep. Things never right themselves. Who will arouse them if it is 
not the Grand High Priest?' " 

From Illinois: — 

"We find this statement repeatedly: 'We paid too much attention to 
the perfection of the ritual and manner of conferring degrees, and not 
enough to brotherliness, social entertainment and education.' " 


This from Massachusetts : — 

"The Grand Master presented Companion Lowe with the Henry Price 
Medal, 'Companionship was a better word than Brethren, it simply was 
a continuance of the Great Adventure in Fraternalism ; brotherhood opens 
the door — companionship continues and completes the journey.' " 


Clement Henry Colman, Grand High Priest. 

Harry Arizona Drachman, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-fifth Convocation was held in Preseott, March 
12, 1935. 

Canada's Grand Representative was not recorded as 

Twelve Past G.H.P.'s buttressed the Grand East. 

General G.H.P. O'Hara was heartily welcomed and in his 
reply said: — 

"It is always pleasant to hear from others words of encouragement 
and praise. By your kindness you have made me feel that it is my 
privilege and duty to assure all those present of my hearty accord with a 
true friendship. 

"Numerically, General Grand Chapter is the largest sovereign grand 
body of Masons in the world. 

"The Grand Chapters of many states of our union owe their beginning 
and existence to the General Grand Chapter. It has subordinate Chapters 
outside of the United States in China, the Philippine Islands, Sandwich 
Islands. Capitular Freemasonry has been a very quiet but a very great 
moving force. It has been really too little understood by its membership 
in general, and grand jurisdictions everywhere are beginning to realize 
this and are putting forth their best efforts to dispense light and infor- 
mation to their companions. Educational programs have been adopted. 
Good speakers, well informed in the philosophy of Royal Arch Masonry, 
are spreading the light. The desire for unity and accord between every 
branch of Freemasonry was never so prominent and manifest as to-day. 
Never were we in closer union." 

The G.H.P. in submitting his annual address said : — 

"It was my first introduction into Masonic Grand Lodge Affairs and 1 
never visit this Mile High City without arousing in me memories of the 

"I recommend that this Grand Chapter provide the incoming Grand 
High Priest with regalia of similar character, to be worn by him in 
visiting foreign jurisdictions and also when officially visiting his local 

"I am deeply impressed with the exchange of courtesies between our 
neighbouring jurisdictions, as it has a very salutary effect in arousing 
enthusiasm and interest of our Companions, and I recommend that this 
jurisdiction continue to participate in this annual exchange of courtesies. 

"I took particular note of an attempted invasion of our jurisdiction by 
another organization which is coupling its activities with Masonry and 
have been endeavouring to have their cause sponsored by prominent 
Masons. While we cannot approach the situation in a selfish manner, 


until such time as our membership should warrant it, I feel that this 
invasion should be resisted." 

Membership 972. Net loss 119. 

The Grand Lecturer said: — 

"Blue Lodge Mason's education may be made to make a deep and 
lasting impression upon the mind of the candidate." 

The Gen. G.H.P. was presented with a beautiful Navajo 
Indian Rug and expressed his very sincere thanks for the gift. 

James Whetstine was elected G.H.P. 

James H. Barrett, of Douglas, is the Grand Representative 
of Canada, and Alexander Saunders, of Sarnia, is the Grand 
Representative of Arizona. 

The Grand Council of Anointed High Priests convened 
and the supply of Bibles being exhausted, the Recorder was 
authorized to order more. 


Arthur M. Abbott, Grand High Priest. 
Thomas A. Davies, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-first Annual was held in Pasadena, April 9, 

The United States Flag was presented at the altar, saluted, 
and the National Anthem sung. 

Public Grand Honours of Masonry by Three Times Three 
were given distinguished visitors. 

The Grand Treasurer read a tribute to three Companion 
Officers deceased : — 

"Life at its best is but a vapour that passeth away. The glories of 
our birth and our state are as .shadows rather than substance. But when 
we leave this world, what nobler epitaph can we have than that, having 
rendered good service to our fellows, by the will of God we fell asleep? 

"Cyrus the Elder, King of Persia, in whose reign the Jews, under 
Zerubbabel, returned to Jerusalem from the Captivity, said to his sons 
when about to pass away 

" 'Never yet, my sons, could I Ibe persuaded that the soul only lives 
as long as it dwells within this mortal body, and falls dead as soon as 
it is quit of that. Nay, I see for myself that it is the soul that lends 
life to the body, while it inhabits there. I cannot believe that the soul 
must lose all sense on its separation from the senseless body, but rather 
that it will reach its highest wisdom when it is set free, pure and un- 
trammeled at last.' " 

Angus L. Cavanagh duly represented Canada. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests were honoured in the 

384 Companions were present. 

From the address of the Grand High Priest the fol- 
lowing: — 


"Masonry ,to me, is a code of ethics by which we model our lives 
and our living. Masonry is a way of life. Masonry is a means whereby 
its devotees are endeavouring to raise their standard of living by help- 
ing others to live better. Masonry is a great force for the social up- 
building of ourselves, our companions, our brethren, and those with 
whom we are privileged to come in contact. Masonry is dynamic. 
Masonry is activity. Masonry is doing. 'The very act of carrying into 
practice the great ideals and principles we recognize in Masonry makes 
it a great force for good. Masonry is character building. We build 
character by recognizing fine principles and high ideals and in striving 
to bring them into active practice in our lives. Masonry does not con- 
template any attempt to bring about a reform in any of its candidates. 
We are not in any wise running a reformatory. We are pleased to invite 
the finest men in our communities to join our fraternity and to partici- 
pate with us in studying and carrying out the finest ideals that ever 
come into the lives of men. We are hoping that their association with 
us will inspire in them a desire to help those who are less fortunate than 
they are themselves. We want them to go out in their daily vocations 
and so live among others that the radiation of their influence will reach 
out and become a froce for good in their daily walks of life. Others 
coming in contact with such personalities will realize the character of the 
men and be influenced for higher and better living. 

"Masonry offers this splendid opportunity. 

"The finest examples of sculpture that came from the hand of a 
Michelangelo were the result of the emotional expressions of his deepest 

"Leonardo Da Vinci .spent 20 years storing his mind with portraits 
of individuals he wished to paint in that great picture, 'The Last 

"If a man does wrong, he does so because he wants to do wrong, net 
because he does not know the act is wrong. 

"At the present moment we have the president of the U. S. a Mason. 
Some of the members of the U. S. Supreme Court are Masons. Within 
are to be found many Masons. Many of the governors of our great 
are to be found many Masons. Mony of the governors of our great 
commonwealths are in our ranks. The greatest ministers, the foremost 
educators, our greatest social leaders of to-day belong to the Masonic 
fraternity. Yea! You may go into any community and have the out- 
standing citizen pointed out to you and you will find that he is a Mason. 

"Insidious influences are at work on every side in their attempts to 
undermine our great Republic. It is our duty as citizens and as Masons 
to see to it that these hydra-headed monstrosities shall be driven out of 
our country. 

"If the Reds don't like our country, let them move out. Let them 
go to some other country where they may And others of like ilk and let 
them feed upon one another. The deplorable part of this whole picture 
is to be seem in the utter indifference of our people." 

The G.H.P. attended no less than 85 official Receptions, a 
wonderful year's work in itself. 

Membership 21,147. Net loss 1,671. < 
Regarding part of the ceremony this item : — 

"In Re Elimination of Trip to Vault to take the interest and attention 
of our officers from their present endeavours in maintaining the business 


and uplift of their Chapters, in order to take up at this time any material 
or drastic change in our present accepted ritualistic work, even though 
it were desirable." 

The Committee on Capitular Education reported: — 

'" Capitular Masonry,' mimeographed and sent to all District Repre- 
sentatives. Several sets were sent to others who requested them. About 
a dozen sets are still available for distribution. The titles are as follows : 
Historical Backgrounds, Biblical Allusions in Masonry." 

What's in a name? : — 

"Whereas, Royal Arch Masonry is of early English origin, being 
first mentioned as practiced at York prior to the year 1744 and has been, 
for over a century and a half, referred to, throughout the World, as part 
of the York Rite of Freemasonry, and, 

"Whereas, the term 'American Rite/ which has sometimes lately been 
applied to Capitular Freemasonry, is misleading and not truly indicative 
of the derivation! of such working, 

"Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by the 'Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of California that the ancient and long used name of 'York Rite' 
is hereby recognized and approved and directed to be used to designate 
the rites of Capitular Freemasonry as practiced under this Grand 

Regarding Communism the Committee on Jurisprudence 
give an outspoken and reaffirming Report: — 

"Whereas, nationwide activities of unpatriotic organizations disclose 
carefully designed plans to undermine and destroy our American democ- 
racy and to substitute therefor communism, fascism, or other alien forms 
of government, 

"We reaffirm our belief in God and the churches organized for His 

"We reaffirm our allegiance to the flag of our country, the Declaration 
of Independence, the Constitution of California and of the United .States. 
"We commend and earnestly advocate the ideals of the American home 
and family and the institution of marriage. 

"We declare our unequivocal support to our superior educational 

"We advocate the continuance of the civic, social, fraternal and 
patriotic institutions that are typical of our American traditions. 

"We earnestly advocate the exclusion and/or expulsion of all aliens 
antagonistic to or unsympathetic with the Constitution of the United 
States, its ideals, principles and purposes. 

Franklin R. Haley was elected G.H.P. 
This verse from the Memorial paores : — 
"List to the strokes of the bell — 
High Twelve! 
Sweet on the air they swell 
To those who have laboured well — 
And the Warden's voice is heard; 
From the iSouth comes the cheering word, 
'In the quarries no longer delve'." 
Pax Vobiscum. 

Charles H. Burgess, of Toronto, is the Grand Representa- 
tive of California. 



Joseph H. Price, Grand High Priest. 

William W Cooper, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixtieth Annual Convocation was held in Denver, 
September 20, 1934. 

Sixteen Past G.H.P. 's gathered for duty and honour. 

Distinguished visitors were received from Nebraska, Kan- 
sas, Wyoming, and the Heads of Grand Lodge and other Bodies 
in Colorado. 

The Roll of deceased P.G.H.P.'s was called by the Grand 
Secretary. The G.H.P. responded to each name with the date 
of death. 

Canada was duly responded to by Stanley C. Warner, 

From the address of G.H.P. Price we take the following 
extracts: — 

"We are here to renew and add strength to the contacts our capitular 
membership affords. 

"These conditions are common. The economic and financial depression 
is reflected in the reports we receive from all other fraternal organiza- 
tions. Evidences of depression in which Capitular Masonry finds exist- 
ing conditions, viz., loss of membership, depleted treasuries, incurred 

"Difficulties confronting us are not insurmountable. 

"It is in this spirit of optimism, courage and fraternal greeting, that 
I submit this summary of my work, personal visitation of forty-five of 
the fifty-one constituent Chapters of this jurisdiction. 

"On my official visits I have stressed the importance of careful, 
sympathetic and charitable disposition relative to suspensions^ recommend- 
ing an extension of time for payment of dues or a total remission. 

"A determined effort on the part of our Masonic affiliations will un- 
questionably bring about a different psychology. 

"The best remedy yet discovered is individual, personal work." 

Membership 6,630. Net loss 292. Chartered Chapters 51. 

John H. Gabriel was elected G.H.P. 

The Committee on Memorials report:— 

"The scythe in the hands of time becomes but a key swiftly unlocking 
the door to that mysterious, intriguing realm of eternity which we know 
surely exists. 

"By their passing they have left vacancies which shall be filled well 
because of their splendid accomplishments, and the standards which they 

Albert E. Bryson is the Grand Representative of Colorado. 
Edwin H. Snyder again ably and vigorously presents his 
Correspondence Committee Report. In his Introduction he 
says: — 

"Grand High Priests continue to irritate my tender sensibilities by 
assigning the little incidents of golf, radio, picture shows, dinner clubs, 
etc., as the cause of slaughtering members by the thousand? for non- 
payment of dues. Why the clumsy effort to sidestep the issue? Why shut 


their eyes to facts so clear as to be unmistakable? Why blame golf 
except that there is not any real work to do? Why complain of dinner 
clubs when of them only memories remain?" 

In the Alabama Review we read :— 

"The end of the slaughter is not yet: another amendment requires the 
Secretary 'to read the names of all members whose dues are not paid to 
that date, and it shall be the duty of the High Priest to declare such 
members suspended until such dues are paid in full.' 

"Line them up and shoot them down." 

Canada at Brockville is well reviewed and we note with 
pleasure the following: — 

"The cash and bank account amounted to $12,004; the investments 

"This jurisdiction has 159 Chapters, and 23,021 members. 

"By the reading of a report of the ^Grievance Committee it appears 
that expulsions are not by the Chapters, but by the Grand Chapter. 

"All reports are examples of care and thought in their preparation. 

"The Correspondence Report is by William Nisbet Ponton. My, but 
the labour required ! It is better than good ; it is excellent ; and that does 
not begin to tell it. Once begun, one hesitates, regrets, to lay it aside." 

This from Georgia : — 

"He made few visits, but did record joint meetings of "BLUE" Lodges, 
Chapters and Eastern Stars. He deplored the use of "old rough work." 

And this touch from Ireland : — 

"Chapters indicate deep interest in the work, though in some places 
it is carried on under conditions of great difficulty." 


William L. Cort, Grand High Priest. 

George A. Kies, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Annual was held in 
Hartford (of happy memories), May 14, 1935. 

Seventeen Past Grand High Priests were honoured in the 

George N. Delap, Grand Treasurer, faithfully represented 

Distinguished visitors were welcomed from New York, New 
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, D. of C, Massachusetts and 

The address of the G.H.P. was searching and able. We 
quote: — 

"To a scrupulous trustee, the surrender of a trust is a thoughtful 

and impressive act. He must first appear in the tribunal chamber of his 

conscience for his accounting, and if the judgment of approval is there 

rendered, he is relieved of anxious thought of open and public sanction. 

"Reports which appear to indicate the sky is brightening. 

"Companions quite generally appeared to have lost their grip on 
things, and to have reached a point where they seemed disinclined to 


make a determined, consistent effort to improve the situation — with results 
familiar to us all. 

"Composite teams formed by the officers of several Chapters have 
shown excellent exemplifications, and the interchange of visits has added 
much to the welfare of the Chapters visited, not only in the attendance 
but in, the morale of the officers participating. 

"Our 'diapers to be successful must be dual in their activities. 
Spiritual and material, neither can be ignored. 

"Our Heavenly Father, in His infinite goodness, has been pleased to 
preserve our official family during the year, and our ranks remain un- 

He visited many other Grand Jurisdictions and derived 
and gave great pleasure therefrom. 

He acknowledges an invitation from Canada but was un- 
able to come. 

He thus concludes : — 

"Every Chapter in the State has been visited by me, many of them 
several times. 

"Delightful friendships have been made with lovable companions in 
every Chapter. 


"To live as gently as I can ; 
To be no matter where, a man ; 
To take what comes of good or ill, 
And cling to faith and honour still, 
To do my best, and let that stand 
The record of my brain and hand ; 
And then, should failure come to me, 
Still work and, hope for victory. 

"To have no secret place wherein 
I stoop unseen to shame or sin ; 
To be the same when I'm alone 
As when my every deed is known ; 
To live undaunted, unafraid, 
Of any step that I have made; 
To be without pretense or sham 
Exactly what men think I am." 

Membership 13,169. Loss 1,036. 

John C. Stanley was elected G.H.P. 

The Committee on Custodians report : — 

"We find a desire in some Chapters to be permitted to use the vault 
in the Royal Arch Degree. We have never had any objection to the 
vault when used properly and in a decent manner. The reason its use 
was forbidden by the iGramd Chapter was, that there was a general 
tendency to resort to humiliating, disgusting and degrading practices 
which should have no place in a Masonic meeting. At a joint meeting 
of the Grand Officers and the Committee of Custodians it was decided, 
that any Chapter desiring to use the vault be permitted to do so under 
the supervision of the Custodian, and it shall be the duty of the Custodian 
to report to the Grand Chapter any abuse of this privilege in any Chapter 
in their jurisdiction." 


In accordance with custom, the Roll of Chapters was called 
at the close of the meeting and all Chapters were found repre- 
sented except a few who had previously been lawfully excused. 

Harvey J. Milne, of Kingston, is the Grand Representative 
of Connecticut. 

George A. Kies, P.G.H.P., veteran if not venerable, gives 
a brief Foreword to his 27th Annual Review. He finds that 
only one Reviewer, W. W. Clarke, of Kentucky, is still in the 
field. Most have passed on. 

From the Review of Alberta the following: — 
"Non-contribution of Chapter funds for public campaigns ; and also 
with his idea of Grand Scribe E. being in close touch with the Grand 
Secretary of the Grand Lodge for the purpose of being informed of those 
members who have been deprived of their standing in Craft Lodges." 

From British Columbia: — 

"It consists largely in quotation of the District of Columbia reviewer's 
reaction to our remarks on over-zealous competition of the Scottish Rite 
in parts of the United States. The burden of that reviewer's 'special 
pleading' coinsists in an over-laudation of the S. R. and praise for its 
fine work, etc. But he misses our main point — our disapproval of their 
zealous solicitation of candidates immediately after they are raised. 
Masonic law and usage teach us that advancement into Masonry must 
be voluntary. Hence we shy at any solicitations." 

From California the following: — ■ 

"While our condemnation of Communistic and other red policies is 
strong, we do not share the fear of this committee that their destructive 
aims will ever gain the smallest foothold in the U. S. 

"In the foreword is an apologia for 'The Allied Masonic Degrees.' 
Apparently the degrees were running around loose and, Scotland abetting-, 
thev have been corralled. Are there other degrees at large? Where shall 
we halt?" 

Canada at Brockville is reviewed in friendly fashion. We 
quote from his comments: — ■ 

"He notes that a Welfare Committee of Toronto, reinforced by the 
Companions of that area, are doing continuous work in relief. 

"Dictates to the very fullest, and endeavour to add sprout after SDrout 
to the wonderful garden of roses. 

"The detailed report of Committee on Conditions, etc., lays stress on 
the unfavourable economic status. 

"Committee on Benevolence recommended payment of $2,740 in relief. 

"Again, William Ponton writes the review. He prefaces 
with a topical analytical index, a boon to the hurried reader. If the 
Canadian Companions will read this admirable newsletter, they will get 
a thorough knowledge of what is happening in th° outside Capitular 

Under Colorado this commendation : — 

"While new to the round table, he sweeps exceptionally clean. His 
entrance adds another Damascus blade to the company. 

"We imagine he laughed aloud when writing 'of course he knows bet- 
ter' of a Grand High Priest in whose address he found: 'Help the 
DeMolay, a Masonic organization.' " 


From England and Wales Mark Masters: — 

"It should be remembered that the Mark Lodges confer the Mark, 
and Chapters confer the R.A. Unlike us, there is no P.M. or M.E.M. de- 
gree. It might be added that in England, there is close connection be- 
tween Craft Lodges, Mark Lodges, and Chapters." 
This from Idaho: — 

"Under D.iC. a stalwart but sensible view: 

"Why then. — in iGod's name — a constant sneering reference to use 
of the Chapter, or the Commandery, as a 'stepping stone' to the Shrine. 

"Stepping iStones! No more ridiculous phrase is found in the cata- 
logue of Masonic complaints! A Master Mason finds before him the 
'stepping stones' and upon every stone ambitious officers and well mean- 
ing friends stand importuning him to take this step, and that step." 

Louisiana gives something substantive: — ■ 

"The Vermont Correspondent comments favourably on the writer's 
suggestion that some form of insurance be worked out to prevent loss of 
members on account of non-payment of dues. There are a number of 
ways that this can be worked. There are all kinds of possibilities. Group 
insurance by a Lodge, Chapter, Council or Commandery would insure the 
dues of all the members." 

A touch from Saskatchewan : — 

"Life is made up of light and shade. Uninterruped gains generally 
lead to enervation. 

" 'Let us all be up and doing.' 'Labour is life.' " 

With this from Washington we conclude: — 
"He notes that atheism is trenching into our schools and colleges, and 
cites as one reason the abolition of the Bible." 


Henry S. Young, Grand High Priest. 

John W. Macklem, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-seventh Annual was held in Wilmington, 16th 
January, 1935. 

A fine gathering of Sixteen Past Grand High Priests were 
honoured in the East. 

Distinguished visitors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey. 
New York, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia and 
the Grand Master of Delaware were received with grand 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following : — 

"Materially aided me to spread the cement of Brotherly Love and 
Affection which unites us all the more solidly in our work. 

"The friendships I have established in the various contacts with Com- 
panions at home and abroad have been my reward. 

"Nothing is to be gained unless we have an objective. We must set 
our faces towards it, work hard and in due time we shall reap the reward. 
The material is before us. Let our zeal for this Institution be as leaven 
to stimulate us to work. 

"Decrease in membership of about one-twelfth of last year's total, 


but Masonry will ,be built up in our Lodges and Chapters where the 
members have the Spirit of Masonry at heart. 

"Behold how swiftly the sands run and how rapidly our lives are 
drawing to a close. 

"On Saturday afternoon, June 16, I attended a picnic given by Excel- 
lent Companion Albert T. Hanby, Grand King of the Grand Holy Royal 
Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania, to the Joshua Association of Pennsylvania 
at his farm in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware. This affair is an unusual 
one. About one hundred and twenty companions from Pennsylvania and 
fifteen invited guests from Delaware were present. 

"On Thursday evening, June 21, I attended an entertainment given, by 
St. John's 'Chapter to the guests of the Masonic Home of Delaware on 
the Lancaster Pike near this city. This entertainment was given on the 
lawn of the Home." 

Canada was duly represented by George S. Scott. 

Membership 1,544. Net loss 141. 

From the Committee on Memorials Report: — 

"If thought must backward run 
To those who, one by one, 
In the great silence and the dark beyond 

Vanished with farewells fond, 
Unseen, not lost; our grateful memories still 
Their vacant places fill." 

And with these striking verses they conclude: — 

"They were our Companions. 
Long years they wrought with us 
Upon the Temple. 
Some cleared the ground 
And dug the trenches deep ; 
Some laboured in the quarries ; 
Others shaped the marbles 
For the walls, 

Or fashioned skillfully the vessels and the ornaments. 
And some were leaders, 
Masters of the craft, 
Well skilled to oversee the work; 
While others, still, more humble stations filled. 
What e'er their part 'twas well and nobly done, 
For, though the humble part be formless, crude and 

deeply hid from sight 
Beneath the marble walls that please the eye, 
Tis none the less a worthy task. 
Their work is done. 
And we must carry on. 

Calvin E. Afflerbach was elected G.H.P 

George Slack, of Toronto, is the Grand Representative of 

Standing Resolutions of Grand Chapter are printed in full 
for ready reference. 

Thomas J. Day is the veteran Chairman of Foreign Cor- 


respondence. He reviews 56 Jurisdictions, five of them being 
for two years. General Grand Chapter introduces the Reviews. 
Canada at Brockville is briefly but comprehensively re- 
ferred to, many important points being noted : — 

"In his address the Grand Z. notes the activities of the office during 
the past year. He reports the Grand Chapter imi good financial condition. 
Ninety-four dispensations were granted. Twenty-nine of these were to 
change date and hour of Regular Convocations. Twenty more of the 
Royal Craftsmen were decorated with the Long Service Jewel. 

"The report on membership gives a total of 23,021. An interesting 
report was .submitted by the Committee on the 'Condition of Capitular 

"The report on Correspondence is by 'Companion Ponton. The Pro- 
ceedings of Delaware for 1933 get two pages of fraternal review, liberal 
selections from the address of Grand High Priest are reproduced." 

From the Review of British Columbia the following: — 

"Visits to the several Chapters. More than ten pages of the address 
are devoted to these accounts. We note the following paragraph from 
the address: 'Companions, the effects of Masonry are indisputable and 
historical. It has expelled cruelty and curbed passion. It has rescued 
the gladiator, freed the slave, protected the captive, nursed the sick, 
sheltered the orphan and elevated woman. It has created the very con- 
ception of charity and broadened the limits of its obligations from the 
narrow circle of a neighbourhood to the widest horizons of the human 
race. While it has thus evolved the idea of humanity as a common 
brotherhood, it has cleansed the life and elevated the soul of each indi- 
vidual man. The great need of to-day is for men. Men who will istand 
true to the test and never lose that superb individuality which the Great 
Creator has meant them to possess.' " 

This from the Review of New York : — 

"A dispensation was granted to permit a Chapter to exemplify the 
Mark Master Mason according to the ritual of the Grand Chapter of the 
State of New York, for a Chapter in the City of Port Colborne, Ontario." 


Andrew Clifford Wilkins, Grand High Priest. 

J. Claude Keiper, Grand Secretary. 

A Special Convocation was held October 11, 1933, to re- 
ceive and welcome the Officers of the General Grand Chapter 
at their Triennial. 

The Sixty-seventh Annual was held in Washington, 
February 14, 1934. 

Seven Past Grand High Priests were honoured. 

Lucien G. Yung duly represented Canada. 

A cordial greeting was extended to distinguished visitors 
from Canada, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Penn- 

In his introduction the G.H.P. said : — ■ 


"The niche which any portion of time, any term of office, shall occupy 
in history will be determined by the importance of its happenings and 
its record of achievements. In a large way, -the former may properly 
be .said to be beyond the control of those who are affected by them, as 
they are determined and allotted by Divine Providence. How we meet 
them, how we shape them to particular needs, with what ability we 
accommodate them and ourselves to the times in which they befall — 
these are largely matters within our own control. Upon them depends in 
a great degree the measure of success which we shall attain. Out of 
these elements, which are really the tests of our fitness for leadership, 
will come the judgment the world will render on the record which any 
individual or amy group presents." 

Under the Condition of the Fraternity he said: — 

"Inactivity is as much to be deplored as over-activity in this respect 
and we can look for additions to our ranks only when Royal Arch 
Masonry is made so attractive that the interest and loyalty of our present 
members are strongly in evidence and the desirability of becoming a 
Chapter Mason made apparent to all who are eligible to membership. 

"I think we may well take to our hearts the consolation that, if these 
efforts had not been put forth, the losses would have been much larger. 

"I call attention to the fact that this method of operation increases 
the importance of the liaisotni officers which each body was requesed to 

The Correspondence regarding the proposed establishment 
of the Council of Allied Masonic Degrees is printed at length. 
The petition was held in abeyance by Grand Lodge. 

It was held not to be in the best interests of the Fraternity 
to serve "legal" beer. 

In his conclusion, the G.H.P. said: — 

"The real achievement during the past year has been the genuine 
friendly fellowship shown among all our Companions. It is this spirit 
of co-operative effort, I confess that I (naturally like folks. But I want to 
say to you, that our own folks could not be finer, nor more friendly. 

"People who have warm friends are healthier and 
happier than those who have none, 
All the wealth of the world could not buy you a friend 
or pay you for the loss of one." 

Membership 5,158. Net loss 524. 
Robert L .Kause was elected G.H.P. 

Robert W. Clewlo is the Grand Representative of D. of C. 
J. Walter Karsner gives an excellent Foreword to his 
Reviews : — 

"A spacious hall, the great Round Table, the 'goodly company, the 
flower of men' — and Gareth-like, a novice new-comer assumes the seat 
assigned to him, in humility and awe. 

"Platitudes about seeking 'quality/ coupled with frantic demands for 
more petitions; at the same time denouncing an era in which petitions 
were plentiful, and in which Chapters were enabled to fill their treasuries 
beyond their fondest hopes. 


"A delicate, beautiful watch remains a watch, its beauty to enrich 
the senses, its mechanism to mark the .time, no matter how badly there 
is need for a nail to be driven. A centuries-old fraternity is not to be 

"Why do men join a fraternity? For instruction? No! Fraternity 
means 'the relation of brotherhood' or 'a body of persons associated by 
common interests and characteristics.' And men join because they want 
the association of brotherhood with men, of common interests and 

"The vast majority of men, whether because of temperament, occu- 
pation, or character of education, are not mystically-minded. They have 
neither the inclination nor the capacity for abstract* thinking and to them 
throughout their natural and fraternal life symbolism and its fruits- 
remain a tight-closed book. 

"Why then— in God's name — a constant sineering reference to use of 
the Chapter, or the Commandery, as a 'stepping stone' to the Shrine. 

"Stepping Stones! No more ridiculous phrase is found in the cata- 
logue of Masonic complaints! A Master Mason finds before him the 
'stepping stones' and upon every stone ambitious officers and well mean- 
ing friends stand importuning him to take this step, and that step — many 
times almost against his will, without opportunity to inform himself and 
judge wisely, and sometimes at great sacrifice to himself and family. 
And then, when he has 'attained the topmost round' those who have 
urged him on, and whom he has obliged, turn their faces upward and in 
one grand full chorus damn him for using 'stepping stones'! From 
the dawn of time there has been the Quest for the Ideal — of which 
the search and the discovery of the Word is but a symbolical variation. 
The intelligent observer of the Eoyal Arch degree is again and again 
stimulated in his search for the Better Thing — whether in religion, per- 
sonal life or vocation — and if he searches and finds that Masonry's work 
is the proper presentation of its truths to tho?e who seek them — how- 
ever small the mumber. The transmutation into the general good is in 
the hands of God!" 

Under Canada at London we read : — 

"Like the Holy Grail and all those things we seek afar — right at hand 
the solution we seek in so many fields. Just to do and be the things ex- 
pressed in the rituals of our Order, to the best of cur ability; then 
patiently and confidently await the inevitable better day. 

"The Grand Z. decided that a member suspended by his Lodge for 
non-payment of dues, or having taken a demit from his Lodge, is still 
in good standing in his Chapter! ! ! To us this appears like declaring 
the second storey of a building 'ok' after the first has floated away. Sort 
of a Mahomet's coffin! 

The report on condition of the Order says: — 

"Royal Arch Masonry should prove to our worried companions a 
bright spot im an otherwise cloudy sky — a haven or rest and comfort— 
a sanctuary where they may lay aside their daily cares and ease their 
troubled minds. 

"Not while you are raising that $100,000, companions — we know." 

This from the Connecticut Review: — 

"Courage is 
'the highest gift, that scorns to bend 
To mean devices, for a sordid end.' 


"There is mo more cowardly, contemptible act than the improper use 
of the black-ball. The man who subscribes to the principles in the para- 
graph above quoted can little afford to speak of 'questionable methods.' 
He has missed .the lessons of both rites. 

"The man who casts a black-ball for the purpose indicated is false to 
his obligation as a Master Mason, which underlies all rites." 

The striking Review of Quebec gives us the following : 

"Men learn of >God through Beauty. We Builders who 
Hold Beauty in our fingers have the key. 
We could create it only as we loved enough. 
We chose God as our partner; He chose us. 
So was this cathedral builded stone on stone ; 
Each carved with the beauty of a soul and God. 

"Wars may come, or raging fires, my son, 
But yet these towers and walls will ever stand ; 
For they were built unto Eternity, 
And even if crushed down would rise again ; 
For eager hands and hearts would catch the vision then. 
And build them into Beauty that is God. 

"Men learn of God through Beauty! How many of those who accept 
the responsibility of portraying our degrees, of imparting their lessons, 
approach the task with a sense of creating a Beauty through which men 
may be led to God? And if we entrust an etching tool to hands habituated 
to a sledge — where lies the blame?" 

This from the Wisconsin Review : — 

"We cannot fail to entertain a high respect for the man who demits, 
rather than merely 'drops out.' From any angle one considers the matter, 
one comes inevitably to an appreciation of the dignity of the man who in 
severing his membership in a body does so with his head up, able to come 
back or go where he will without apology or embarrassment." 


H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught, Grand First Principal. 

Sir Colville Smith, Grand Scribe E. 

Herbert F. Manisty, President of General Purposes. 

Quarterly Communication held at Freemasons' Hall, 6th 
Febraury, 1935, Lord Ampthill and Lord Cornwallis presiding. 

There was a large attendance, very well known names in 
State, Church and Royal iCraft being recorded. 

Sydney A. White is the Assistant Grand Scribe E. 

Lord Ampthill paid a wonderful tribute (prescient of his 
own passing) in memory of M. Ex. Comp. Sir T. Courtenay 
Warner, Bart., C.B., which we transcribe: — 

"Comp. Rt. Hon. The Lord Ampthill, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E.: Companions, 
you must all be sorrowfully reminded this evening, that he whom you 
have been accustomed to see in the chair of the Third Grand Principal, 
will never again occupy that seat. 

"Our late Brother and Companion, Sir Thomas Courtenay Warner. 


passed away very unexpectedly, very soon after our last Convocation. It 
-may truly be said that he died in harness, for he was engaged in his 
multifarious public duties and beneficent activities up to his last brief 
illness. Few of us realied that he had passed the allotted span of man's 
life by seven years, because of his joyous and active temperament. I 
daresay that many of you remember the gay courage with which, only 
last year, he undertook the duties of First Principal in the new Chapter 
of Installed Principals in Essex, of which he was a Founder. The forma- 
tion of that Chapter was an entirely new departure, as no Royal Arch 
Chapter corresponding to Past Masters' Lodges in the Craft had pre- 
viously existed. 

"It was thus ,and in many other ways, that Comp. Sir Courtenay 
Warner set a bright example of constancy and faith in Freemasonry 
which was of the greatest value to the rising generation of Brethren and 

"In public life his activities were very numerous, and ranged over a 
wide field. He was a fine specimen of those English country gentlemen, 
whose motto is 'noblesse oblige,' and who hold that to possess the external 
advantages of rank and fortune is a call to duty, which obliges the pos- 
sessor to use all his energies and opportunities to render himself more 
extensively serviceable to his fellow creatures. 

"I had a particular regard for him as an old oarsman, and as a fellow 
Etonian and Oxonian, but his genius for friendship endeared him to all 
with whom he came into contact. We shall all remember him with 
affection, and with gratitude for his services to our Order. 

"Companions, it has been well said, that music is the Mother of sym- 
pathy and the handmaid of religion, and we have, of course, in this 
Temple, the means of invoking music to express and concert all our 
emotions and deepest feelings. 

"Let us, therefore, be upstanding, and let us listen for a few minutes 
to those immortal harmonies, which speak first of lamentation and sorrow 
for the departed, and then remind us that the tomb is but the doorway 
to a glorious resurrection, and the pasage to life and bliss eternal, for 
those who have faithfully performed their allotted task, during their 
mortal existence here on earth. Thus shall we be able to think together. 
as Brethren and Companions, of him whom we have loved and lost. 

"The Dead March in 'Saul' was then played, all the Companions 

Five new Chapters were warranted. 

Lord Ampthill gave an interesting account of his recent 
visit to Sweden. At the close the National Anthem was suncr. 

Quarterly Convocation holden at Freemasons' Hall, 7th 
August, 1935. 

Rev. Canon Hubert Curtis, M.A., Third Grand Principal, 

Such well known names as Songhurst, Carpenter, Green- 
wood and others appear in the record. 

This worthy tribute was paid by the Third Grand Principal 
to the memory of the late Lord Ampthill : — . 

"Comp. The Rev. Canon Hubert Curtis: Companions, we meet to- 
gether this evening under the shadow of a great loss. How unexpected 


are the ways of Providence ! The last time we met in Grand Chapter he 
whose death we mourn installed me in the Chair of Third Grand Principal 
and to-day, owing to unavoidable absence of the 'Second Grand Principal, 
I have to take his place. 

"It is difficult to realize that he has left us. When I saw him a week 
or two before he died, he seemed so well and strong, I thought he might 
preside over us for many years to come, but it was mot to be, and we can 
only hope and believe that he has been removed from this sublunary abode 
to exercise his talents in that other world where perchance he may serve 
with a grander service and worship with a loftier homage. 

"I have heard it said that Lord Ampthill was pontifical in manner. 
Perhaps he was, but he was a leader, and a leader must, of necessity, bs 
somewhat of an autocrat, yet those who had the privilege of knowing him 
more intimately will, I am sure, confirm what I say, that he had a very 
simple nature illumined with a sincere love for God. 

When I came out from the Memorial Service at Westminster, a Brother 
said to me, 'We have lost a great man', and, when I was sitting next to a 
member of the House of Lords a week ago, he said, 'Ampthill was a great 
man.' Yes, he was great, great politically, socially and masonically, but 
there is a greatness higher than any of these to which I humbly think he 
attained, namely, the greatness of goodness, the greatness of being good, 
the greatness of conscience and duty, the greatness of doing good to 

"Lord Ampthill seemed to me to have two qualifications essential for 
the great position he held for so long — a firm belief in Freemasonry and 
a stern sense of duty. He believed in the principles of Freemasonry and 
thought that if they were disseminated more the world would be better 
than it is. 

To that end he visited every Province in England and made long and 
arduous journeys to far-off countries to represent Grand Lodge and un- 
furl the banner of Freemasonry. And now he has gone and we shall see 
his face mo more, but, if it be true as the poet sings, that 'to live in hearts 
we leave behind is not to die,' then our Brother, in this sense is not dead. 

"We shall often think of him, perhaps more especially tin this Temple, 
in the days to come. We shall recall his stately presence, his command- 
ing voice, his administrative ability, and we shall try, each one of us, 
shall we not? to write .some tribute to his memory, a tribute inscribed not 
on stone or metal, plinth or plaster, but on the fleshly tablets of the heart, 
striving to emulate his example in living good lives in the sight >of the 
T.L.G.M.H., and endeavouring to advance that cause for which he worked 
and strove so long. 

"That this Grand Chapter, moved by profound regret at the death of 
the Right Honourable Lord Ampthill, G.C.S.I., G.C.I. E., who for a period 
of over twenty-seven years held the office of M.E. Pro First Grand 
Principal, desires to place on record its grateful appreciation of the 
eminent services which he rendered to Royal Arch Masonry during that 
time. Grand Chapter will ever remember that the late Pro First Grand 
Principal worthily maintained the dignity of his high office and the 
prestige of the Order by his conscientious devotion to duty, his high sense 
of justice, his unfailing kindness and courtesy, and the example of his 
public life. 

"That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to Lady Ampthill, with 
the expression of the deep sympathy of Grand Chapter, and the condolence 
of all the Companions in her sad bereavement.' 


"The Dead March in 'Saul' was then played, all the Companions 


His death was a loss to the Royal Craft universal. 


Pro Grand Master, The Earl of Stradbroke. 

Deputy Grand Master, Lord Aldenham. 

Grand Secretary, Major Thomas Gabriel Lumley Lumley- 

Quarterly Communication at Freemasons' Hall, London, 4th 
June, 1935. There was a large attendance of officers and 

Names of Officers and rank are given in full. 

The Grand Stewards of the year were present and reported 
satisfactory results. 

During the past three months 983 Mark certificates and 
250 Royal Ark Mariner certificates had been issued, also six 

Deaths of distinguished Grand Officers are recorded. 

The granting of Jubilee Medals is reported. 

A discussion took place with regard to Past Rank and the 
Jubilee Fund, carried out in proper Masonic spirit. 

The Pro Grand Master and the Deputy Grand Master were 
proclaimed by the Grand Director of Ceremonies and saluted. 

Sir George Menteth Boughey, Bart., was appointed Grand 
Senior Warden. 

Many promotions are recorded and it was announced that 
some Lodges had doubled their quota of contribution, including 
Aldershot Army and Navy Lodge. 

Lord Ampthill spoke felicitously. It proved to be his last 
address to the Mark Master Masons. His lamented death fol- 
lowed shortly after. 


Archie Aitchison, Grand High Priest. 

Cary B. Fish, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-ninth Convocation was held in War Memorial 
Building, in Ocala, May 7th, 1935. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests buttressed the Grand 

Chester DeRocher duly represented Canada. 

G.G.H.P. O'Hara made his official visit and was duly 


The G.H.P. in the opening of his address said that they 
desired to make the stay of guests and visitors one that will 
have associated with it most pleasant memories. 

He paid a fine tribute to the late Grand Secretary Webster, 
whose personal kindness to a relative, this Reviewer grate- 
fully acknowledges. To fill the vacancy Cary B. Fish was 
appointed and was afterwrds elected. 

Membership (not including Kissimmee Chapter) 3,723. 
Net loss 393. 

From Grand Lecturer Greer's Report we quote: — 

"I hear from some sources that there is a demand omi the part of 
some to abolish the office of District Deputy Grand High Priest. This 
would be 'saving at the spigot and wasting at the bung.' Before this 
Grand Chapter had the District Deputies, I often heard from the Chap- 
ters: 'What does Grand Chapter care about us except to collect dues'? 
and without the District Deputies as contacts between this Grand Chapter 
and its constituent Chapters this query was well founded. I had the 
great honour of being the guest speaker at the joint installation of officers 
of eight Blue Lodges of Jacksonville on the evening of December 27th, 
1934. I have done my very best to carry the message of the Royal Craft 
to the more than 2,500 who have composed the audiences during the year. 

"As Royal Arch Masons we know one higher than ourselves and con- 
sequently in the stress and strain of life we are not exhausted. Let us 
then go on, for he who travels with that One most certainly reaches a 
safe and certain goal.; and let us pray on for whoever talks with God 
wastes mo words." 

$75 was appropriated towards a monument to the late M.E. 
Comp. Webster. 

The Committee on Correspondence indefinitely postponed 
consideration of the dispute between Scotland and N.S.W. 

The Committee on Memorials beautifully wrote : — 

'^Personal identity shall be retained in the future life. At the Burning 
Bush, God came to man and said, 'I am the God of Abraham, Isaac amd 
Jacob' even though these men had been dead for many centuries. But 
Abraham was still Abraham and Jacob was still Jacob, and the 'Great I 
Am' was still their God. Fifteen hundred years after the death of Moses, 
he appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration and talked to our Lord. 
Moses was still Moses, and he conversed with the Greater Prophet and the 
Greater Leader, who would redeem men from all nations and weld them 
into an eternal brotherhood. 

"He has left the inspiration of a noble life, — sincere, gentle and 
courteous, but firm in conviction and consecration to duty." 

Unity of action all along the line is being suggested in many 
Jurisdictions. This Resolution was passed: — 

"That this Grand Council of Florida solicit the Grand Chapter of 
Florida and the Grand Commandery of Florida to enlist the High Priests 
and Officers of Subordinate Chapters and the Commanders and Officers 
of (Subordinate Commanderies to co-operate with the Masters of all sub- 
ordinate Councils and their Officers im a movement for the upbuilding of 
the several York Rite organizations wherever chartered." 


An increased interest in School affairs and the proper 
education of youth was urged in another resolution. 

George A. Dame was elected G.H.P. 

James H. Cowan, of Gait, is the Grand Representative of 


John B. Russell, Grand High Priest. 

W. J. Penn, Jr., Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirteenth Annual was held at 
Macon, April, 24, 1935. 

The entire audience joined in singing "How Firm a 

Some new adjectives in the biography of John B. Russell : — 

"Was created and dubbed a member of the Valiant and Magnanimous 
Order of the Temple." 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests strengthened the Grand 

Canada was duly represented by Charles R. McCord. 

Distinguished guests from New York, Grand Master 
Woods and General Grand High Priest W. T S. O'Hara were 

The last named delivered one of the most inspiring 
messages ever heard in Georgia. 

From the G.H.P. 's address we take the following : — 
"To the rank and file of our Order all over this great state who have 
enriched my life for a number of years by their expressions of love and 
confidence, as I 'have gone in and out among them and have from time 
to time showered honours upon me, crowning my years of service with 
the highest honour i<n their power to bestow. 

"Why should anything beautiful in this world be lost? 
"Is it? Man does not want a world beyond for himself alone. 
"Heaven would not be heaven without Companionship. 

The Committee on the address quoted : — 

"So not by Eastern windows, only, 
When daylight comes, comes in the light. 
In front the sun climbs slowly, how slowly 
But westward look, the land is bright." 

F. A. Johnson was elected G.H.P. 

Membership 7,192. Net loss 647. 

The Grand Secretary visited 98 Chapters, some of them 
several times, 85 Craft Lodges and other gatherings, travelling 
nearly 28,000 miles in his old Plymouth. He certainly is the 
embodiment of activity and we are glad to be able to sum up 
as follows : — 


"I am confident that it will be only a short time before they will all be 
fn a healthy condition ,provided we as Royal Arch Masons show the 
proper co-operation." 

The Committee was justified in recommending: — 

"We recommend that the Finance Committee appropriate a liberal 
amount for Grand Secretary's travelling expenses as we feel that this is 
not a liability but an asset to the 'Grand Chapter." 

The Grand Master was introduced and spoke. 

We are glad to note a portrait of General Grand High 
Priest O'Hara which adorns the Proceedings. 

In addition to his salary the Grand Secretary is paid 10% 
on all per capita dues collected. 

In the presentation of a Jewel to P.G.H.P. Russell we read 
the following graceful words: — . 

"Fidelity is the chief glory in the crown of manhood — fidelity is the 
brightest jewel in the diadem of a monarch. Without fidelity between 
man and man the whole social structure of the world would fall and 
become utter chaos. 

"I don't know whether he has accumulated much of this world's goods 
or not, but, I do know he has accumulated that higher treasure, the love 
of his fellowman. 

"And when you shall have crossed the Great Divide and shall stand in 
the presence of the 'Great and Blessed Master whom we all adore, then 
will that jewel bear witness of your fellowmen." 

This Reviewer is proud to be the Grand Representative of 

An old friend. Pleasant T. McCutchen. presents his eleventh 
Report and from his Foreword we take the following direct 
thoughts : — . 

"These reports are short — have to be — but it is easier to write a long 
report than to hunt out the cream of the Proceedings and pack it into 
a short report. 

"One Jurisdiction alone has made a small gain, and that jurisdiction 
is too small for the gain to count much. 

"Education, regular inspections by trained deputies, and contact of 
membership by active officers ,who are awake to their duties, are making 
great inroads on apathetic membership in the Grand Jurisdictions that 
are going back to the fundamentals and sound principles of the ancient 

"I trust that what others are doing wil l i inspire Georgia Companions 
likewise to wake up and do things." 

Under Arizona Review we read : — 

"He urged that Companions acquaint themselves with the history and 
background of Capitular Masonry. And we agree with him on this great 

From the Review of Delaware we take these sentences : — 

"There is Gold, richer than the Gold of Ophir, in your Chapter. One 
must labour and dig for gold, as the ancients laboured and dug. 

"What has become of the Companion who pays his dues, yet never 
comes to Chapter? THERE IS YOUR GOLD. Dig for it. You can 


find it in chunks. Try this plan: Organize your officers and old stand- 
bys into a Committee of Gold Diggers. Divide your absentee list among 
them and ask each one of your committee to dig up at least one of these 
'Chunks of Gold' for each convocation. Keep on digging until you have 
covered the list, and then go back and do it again and again, 

"Your first and greatest obligation is to your old members. BEING 

Canada is briefly reviewed. He cites our distinguished 
visitors, the cordial addresses of welcome given and acknowl- 
edged, the active year of the Grand Z. and the inspirational 
reading afforded by Comp. Gardiner's Report on the Condition 
of Capitular Masonry. 

Of this Reviewer and of Grand Z. Cowan he kindly says: — 

"Companion Ponton submits fine reviews, selecting the best sayings 
and most interesting topics from all of the Grand Proceedings, with very 
cordial references to Georgia. 

"Alexander Cowan elected Grand Z. and we are sure he will not prove 
an eavesdropper." 

Kansas Review furnishes something worth while: — 

"Masonry is a voluntary association, and the things for which we 
stand do not rest upon statutes or regulations. We have no law to say 
to what degree a man shall love his neighbour; to what extent he shall 
assist in the promotion of brotherhood. We rely entirely upon the char- 
acter of the individual. The conferring of our degrees is but the pro- 
cessing of raw material in the form of human nature into what we hope 
will be a just and upright Mason. In all such operation there is always 
a certain amount of dross, the result of inferior material or poor work- 
manship. It has been well said that 'Our ancient brethren endeavoured 
to build Temples fit for Worshipers' but that 'Our mission is to make 
Worshipers fit for Temples.' " 

Our colleague was greatly struck by the Review of Quebec 
and the address of the late Grand Z. Shatford, from which he 
makes long extracts. We reproduce: — 

"All our principles are concerned with discovery and completion. 
Chapter Masonry is the recovery of something lost and the completion of 
an unfinished structure. Certain it is that humanity has lost something 
precious. The call that issues from the very throne of God. Let each 
of us answer in the words of the old prophet, 'Here am I, send me.' Thus 
we shall have a part and share in the building of the new Temple." 


Albert E. White, Grand High Priest. 

Edward H. Way, Grand Secretary. 

The Twenty-sixth Annual Convocation convened at Payette, 
15th May, 1934. 

From the invocation by the Grand Chaplain the fol- 
lowing: — 

"We thank Thee, who art Life, for the gift of life and what it ha* 
brought to us; we thank Thee, who art Love, for the gift of love and 
human friendship; we thank Thee, who art Light, for the gift of light, 


which hath shined into our minds with a spark of the divine ray. Lighten 
our darkness, God." 

Flowers were presented from the Scottish Rite of the Val- 
ley of Boise. 

Robert A. Woods, P.G.H.P. of Indiana, was welcomed, the 
G.H.P. saying: — 

"There is something in Masonry that attracts the attention of the 
leading men of our nation — men who are so busy in other affairs that it 
seems impossible for them to devote any time to the human side of life. 
It must be so worthwhile and valuable when it brings such men together 
in such close harmony to work for the welfare of others, in an unselfish 
endeavour to promote perfect unanimity and concord among men and 

From the address of the G.H.P. we quote : — 

"In my travels over the state and on my trip to the Eastern coast to 
Washington and Philadelphia I have met so many wonderfully big men. 
Men who are doing things in a big way, wen who have reached high 
places, yet have not lost the common touch. It is a very encouraging 
sign that we realize and are facing the conditions as they are, instead of 
making lame excuses for inactivity. 

"To have a good friend is one of the highest delights of life, to be a 
good friend is one of the noblest and most difficult undertakings. 
"Out from the hill of God it flows, 
And on to the shoreless sea, 
Where the noon-tide sun, no shadow throws. 
And Time is Eternity." 

Charles Hartung duly represented Canada. 

From the Grand Secretary's Report: — 

"In fact, if one could have divided one's self into several parts they 
would still have been unable to accept all that was provided by the Com- 
panions of the District of Columbia for our entertainment. 

Membership 2,132. Net loss 106. 

The Eastern Star also presented flowers. 

The Correspondence Committee reported: — 

"Your Committee takes the same view as most of the Grand 'Chapters 
and the General Grand Chapter, which position is one of masterly in- 

John W. Shore was elected G.H.P. 

A joint Memorial Service was held, the Grand Chaplain 
expressing the following thought: — 

"Light the flame upon our altar, call forth the incense of our hearts, 
bend our knees to adoration, and make it easy for us to pray." 

Eighteen Past Grand High Priests were present in the 
Grand East for duty and honour. 

The retiring G.H.P. was presented with a Past Grand High 
Watch. We are not able to identify this brand by its des- 

The In Memoriam pages are introduced by : — 

"God's finger touched them and they slept." 


W.H.G. Garrioch, of Ottawa, is the Grand Representative 
of Idaho 

The Fraternal Review is in the capable hands of Frank G. 
Burroughs, of Boise. From his editorial notes we take the 
following: — 

"Great topic in the annual reports was, of course, the losses being 
sustained by Capitular Masonry everywhere. 

"Grand First Principal of Alberta coins a new phrase to describe an 
old situation. He calls it the 'Depression Complex.' Which certainly 
should solve the problem. 

"Grand High Priest of Illinois issued an edict prohibiting the use of 
3.2 beer in any Chapter room. Washington, D.C., also forbade. 

"California Grand High Priest wants all the Chapters to sponsor 
De Molay and Texas absolutely forbids anything of the kind. 

"Are we discouraged? Not any. Believe in Cod, fear no man and 
go after the infidels." 

From the California Review the following: — 

"He thought that we, as Masons, too seldom attend Blue Lodge. We 
should manifest more interest in the work and fellowship of the 'Great 

"Capitular Education thought it odd that 'Attendance committees 
nearly always do anything but their obvious job, which is to say some- 
thing like this, by mouth, postcard, or transmitter: 'Come over on Mon- 
day; we've got a good speaker, a good gang, and a little to eat, and 
maybe something cool to drink; we've missed you, come.' The reasons 
and causes of losses still provoke opinions. Sepulchral comments are 
made by some Grand High Priests, possibly because they associate the 
subject with necrology. 

"He refused permission to advertise a dance by means of radio. 

"And he refused a Chapter permission to hold a bridge and euchre 
in their Chapter room. 

"So there! 

"The Chapter approved." 

From the Colorado Review the following: — 

"Finance was generous to the entertaining Chapter. Recommended 
$200 as 'partial reimbursement of expense entertaiinng the Grand Chapter 
miembers Wednesday.' Must have had a gay time. 

"Idaho is reviewed briefly. I smell a trifle of sarcasm in this." 

This from Connecticut : — 

"Grand Secretary mourned the 'patchwork constitution' of Connecticut 
and said that the entire code of by-laws should be carefully scanned. 

"Another Grand Chapter, which obviously had suffered from over- 
charges, adopted a drastic regulation prescribing that travel charges 
should be gauged by the shortest mileage and the cheapest method. 'No 
Pullmans.' " 

An idea from Kentucky: — 

"I am of the opinion that the Chapter acted hastily. The Masonic 
organization is not a criminal court, and its members should mot be 
treated as criminals." 

This from Manitoba : — 

"Democracy has been challenged in our time. Lenin called democracy 
'A mere bourgeois superstition.' Mussolini has expressed himself thus: 


'Democracy is the more or less putrescent corpse of the Goddess of 

"Property does bear burdens, but they are those which can most easily 
be borne. But there are others who also say 'Poverty pays with its per- 
son the chief expense of war, pestilence and famine.' Almost half a 
century ago, the great poets thus philosophized." 

A Nugget from Quebec: — 

"He thinks that constitutional requirement neither sound in principle 
nor effective in practice, and goes on to say that 'I have observed more 
than one Companion whose record as Master of a Symbolic Lodge served 
only to prove his incapacity; and yet such a one stands qualified in the 
eyes of our Constitution." 


0. H. Woodworth, Grand High Priest. 

James E. Jeffers, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-fifth Annual Convocation opened with music, 
described as a beautiful programme of song, in the Great 
Northern Hotel of Chicago, 25th October, 1934. 

From the invocation by the Grand Chaplain the fol- 
lowing: — ■ 

"Ennoble and enrich our lives and help us to express Thee in our daily 
living, in our work as artists, musicians, builders, craftsmen, toilers in 
the soil, leaders in business and (finance. May our lives always bring 
honour to this great institution." 

Fred W. Soady duly represented Canada. 

Twelve Past G.H.P.'s were honoured in the Grand East. 

Distinguished guests from Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, and 
Officers were welcomed. 

The G.H.P. advocated the consolidation of Chapters to 
merge with stronger neighbouring ones, thus saving many 
whose interest in the Craft is ebbing away. 

"We lost many good members whose loss means much to us. 

"Show that real fellowship and that friendship we like to profess but 
so xarely perform. Our ritual is the frame work of our order, the ground 
floor of our associations. 

"'Companions like sociability and like to go where it is found. Where 
such places are known to exist they will go." 

Delinquent Chapters took advantage of the liberal offer to 
discharge their obligations by giving notes. 

Of the fine Home maintained by Lodge and Chapter he 
comments : — 

"Every member of the Home is being cared for in a pleasing manner. 
There was a total of two hundred and forty-eight in the Home, and 
eighty-six of them were receiving treatment in the Royal Arch Hospital." 

He makes this recommendation : — 

"If some means be devised whereby the members of such Chapters 
could be transferred to other Chapters without acition on their part the 
net loss would be greatly lessened." 


The Report of the Grand Secretary says : — 

"The activity I can tell you about is the speeding up of the suspension 
machinery and other losses in the amount of 8,361. In these seeming 
adverse figures there is little of a cheerful nature but there may be found 
a reason. 

"Some of the Chapters could and should have paid something and it 
is an absolute affront to ignore letters written to them by their superiors. 

"When will the tide turn? When will the loss turn to profit? No 
man can say. I predict it will be several years. Deaths and dimits are 
inevitable and there are long lists yet to be suspended. No Grand Chapter, 
however well fortified, can stand up under these enormous losses very 
long and live. Chapters must learn to live within their incomes; they 
must economize and work for their very existence. Cheer up, take heart, 
and with renewed determination. 

"Every true Mason should lend a strong helpful hand and assist in 
maintaining its proud and rightful position, the premier Grand Chapter 
of the world." 

Membership 63,212. Net decrease 8,361. 
William €. Rapp was elected G.H.P. 
The Committee on Obituary reported: — 

"While they may not have borne the mark of distinction, conferred by 
the purple robe, yet their fealty for the order and their devotion to the 
cause, happily were not thus confined. 

"Job had just stated that 'There is hope of a tree if it be cut down, 
it will sprout again, and the tender branch thereof will not cease." 

Grand Chaplain Bachelor delivered the oration, from which 
we take the following striking extracts : — 

"The man who conscientiously, carefully, earnestly is engaged in 
building the greatest of all structureis, human character, strong per- 
sonality, is the happiest of men. Character is true, sets a man apart from 
the rest of the world. Character is human worth, human value, human 

"The noblest contribution that anyone can make for the benefit of 
posterity is a good character. In this, every man is in a certain sense 
his own builder. Personalities that no evil will destroy. Character then, 
is our biggest job as Royal Arch Masons. The type of men that you are 
will either make or break this splendid order of which we are so proud 
to be a part. No amount of planning, no well arranged programs can 
ever take the place of strong, stalwart, true men, engaged in the world 
of business, and yet who remain unsullied, unstained. 
"The first force is that of heredity. 

" 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children's teeth are set 
on edge.' 

"The second force that plays a part, in many ways, a much larger 
part, in the development of character, is environment. 
"Let me live in my house by the side of the road, 
Where the race of men go by. 

They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are sad. 
Wise, foolish, so am ( I. 

Then why should I sit in the soorner's seat, 
Or hurl the cynic's ban? 

Let me live in the house by the side of the road, 
And be a friend to man. 


"There is one other point in the formation of character that must be 
briefly considered. That is the will. 

_ "Visiting his native town of Kirriemuir, Sir James l Barrie told a 
friend this lovely story. Sir James had been calling on the most gracious 
lady of the land. She was celebrating her third birthday. It was little 
Princess Margaret. She was looking with delight at her gifts— a tea 
table, with two painted flower pots on it, each about the size of a thimble. 
'Is this really yours?' asked Sir James. With the sweetest smile she 
answered at once, 'It is yours and mine.' Would not the little lady's 
spirit make our world over to-day?" 

Joseph J. Shelley ,of Toronto, is the Grand Representative 
of Illinois. 

Everett R. Turnbull, well known throughout the Continent 
as a thorough and skilled Reviewer, has these thoughts and 
comments in his Introduction: — 

"There are twenty-nine Grand Jurisdictions in the United States and 
eleven in other countries that do not have that many members on their 
roll. Think what that means. That loss would abolish Capitular Masonry 
in forty jurisdictions. Our guiding star is the ritual. The ceremonies 
occurred at the lowest ebb in the national existence of Israel. The nation 
had, apparently, been blotted out but, strange to say, future historians 
called the captivity the golden age of Israel and who knows but historians 
to come will say the same of the years 1928-34. Israel did come back 
and re-establish their nation under almost impossible conditions. Like 
those of old we make the journey." 

From the Review of Alabama : — 

" 'Masonry and Anti-Masonry'. It details the persecution of Masonry 
in the Pennsylvania Legislature. For two years a petition was filed 
every week calling on that body to investigate the evils of Masonry and to 
prohibit its activities. When we read of these things and then turn to 
the reports a few years later we find that Masonry lived through a time 
of severe trial and came out stronger than ever. Now we are only going 
down with the rest of humanity." 

Canada at Brockville is reviewed in friendly spirit. He 
makes the following references : — 

"The Grand Z. visited thirty-two Chapters, one being unusual: 

"Klondyke, Dawson 'City. Honoured by Great Priory last August, in 
my election of Supreme Grand Master. 

"Ninety-four dispensations were granted, all in accordance with their 
law. Those for holding At Homes and Social Functions and for Emergent 
Convocations would not be needed in Illinois; neither would the one to 
change place of meeting if jurisdiction lines were not involved. 

"The report on 'Reviews' was again from the able pen of Companion 

From Manitoba Review the following: — 

"The iScriptures merely tell us that 'Now we see through a glass 
darkly, but then, face to face.' 'Now we know in part, but then shall we 
know even as we are known.' Our belief in the resurrection." 

From the Review of Saskatchewan we read : — 

"The popular Masonic speaker still talks about the glories of our 
Institution ,our traditions, and eternal principles, as being capable of 


withstanding the problems of maladjustment in material affairs. By the 
same token it is unpopular to refer to such mundane and distressing 
things as depressions, unemployment, lapsing membership, and human 
suffering. But the cold facts remain. Masonry is a human institution. 
Economic stability is an essential necessity. 

"Life is made up of light and shade. Uninterrupted gains generally 
lead to enervation. Throughout the Capitular world there is evidence 
that the (Companions are arousing." 

This under Scotland : — 

"I visited the Lodge, which meets in an upper room over a stable. 
The light is given by paraffin lamps, and especially in the ante-room the 
dim light. But the point I wish to make is, that there you have equally 
the spirit of Masonry. It is not confined to temples made with hands, 
magnificent though they may be, but the principle of Scottish Masonry 
is built up in these humble Lodges and humble Chapters. " 


Stanley Gordon Myers, Grand High Priest. 
Robert Archer Woods, Grand Secretary. 
In the Proemial it is written : — 

"The occasion of the 89th Annual Convocation at Indianapolis was in 
all respects delightful and satisfying. There were luncheons for the 
visiting ladies at the Scottish Rite iCathedral and at the Indianapolis 
Athletic Club, an organ recital at the Cathedral, a visit to the World 

The Eighty-ninth Annual was held October 17, 1934. 
A splendid and record gathering of 22 P.G.H.P.'s were 
honoured at the altar and in the East. 

Canada was duly represented by William H. Baugh. 
Distinguished guests from Wisconsin, The General Grand 
Council and Indiana Bodies were welcomed. 
From the G.H.P.'s address the following: — 

"You are entitled to voice your desires or your objections, and 
your Grand Chapter is desirous of your helpful suggestions and con- 
structive criticisms. 

"Made largely through the Fletcher American Co., which is now in 
receivership. From the present report, we may possibly realize some- 
thing like 40% on these investments and that, probably, not until some 
future date. 

"If a Chapter hopes to remain alive or increase in strength, I feel 
that this matter should be given consideration by the Subordinate Chap- 
ters concerned. 

"There are a number of our Chapters which are holding only a few 
stated meetings during the course of the year, and should have ample 
available time to dispense true Masonic light and knowledge. 

"Death cannot come to him untimely, who is fit to die ; 
The less of this cold world the more of heaven. 
The briefer life, the earlier Immortality. 

"Death Terminates the Labour of a man. 


"Death comes equally to us all, and leaves us all equal when it comes." 

"The Prince who kept the world in awe, 
The Judge whose dictates fixed the Law; 
The Rich, the Poor, the Great, the Small, 
Are Levelled. Death Confounds them all." 

Membership 26,440. Net loss 1,626. 

The Grand Lecturer says: — 

"Success in any walk of life is not easily attained. I do not measure 
success in the Chapter by the number of initiates which may be received, 
but by the interest which the officers may instil in the membership." 

From the Memorial to "Our (Own Fraternal Dead" the 
following: — 

"Let us now praise good men and our fathers that begat us. 

"The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through His great, 
power. Such as did bear rule ini their convocations, renowned among us, 
giving council by their understanding, their knowledge of learning, meet 
for their brethren. These were merciful men whose righteousness shall 
not be forgotten, Their bodies are buried im peace, but their name 

"The destroyer of the human race has wounded, but not disheartened. 
'We listen and hear a faint echo of a song among the stars/ " 

John Harold Bassett was elected G.H.P. 

John Stevenson, of Stratford, is the Grand Representative 
of Indiana. 

A condensed History of the Grand Chapter fills several 
interesting pages. Other Jurisdictions should go and do like- 


E. W. F. Holler, Grand High Priest. 

George E. Masters, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-first Annual was held at Waterloo, October 11. 

Public exercises consisting of harp music, invocation and 
addresses preceded the opening. 

From the Grand High Priest's able address the fol- 
lowing: — ■ 

"That intangible temple not seen by the human eye but yet one of the 
most vital forces in the world, in the midst of the most adverse cir- 
cumstances. And when breaches occur in it through negligence or wilful 
error to clear away the rubbish and rebuild and rededicate it to God. 

"To me 'the immediate need of the world is mot more of us but a 
better brand of us.' This calls for searching our own hearts first of all. 

"Somewhere in my reading I came across this, 'We've got to swear 
off thinking negative thoughts if we want to accomplish positive results. 

"I found the silver lining 

To the cloud they talk about, 
And I stepped up very boldly 
And ripped the lining out! 


"And from that silver lining 

I made two wondrous cloaks- 
One to wear myself, and one 
To lend to other folks. 

"To me the sad part is that we have lost many good men — men who 
have been deeply interested. 

"The world is what you make it, 
Then make it bright and true ; 
And when you see it's gloomy, 
It isn't the world, IT'S YOU." 

"After this sectional meeting your Grand High Priest was entirely 
convinced that it is more important to have all of the degrees conferred in 
the one day and thus make momentum for the Triple Tau dinner and the 
Royal Arch Degree in the evening. The very fact that the ideals and 
goals of iRoyal Arch Masonry are so thoroughly called to attention of 
the Companions cannot help but have a quickening influence." 

This among his rulings: — 

"That any R.A. Mason who has not been formally suspended is entitled 
to all the rights and privileges of any Royal Arch Mason." 

Delinquent Chapters and Banks still give trouble. 
The G.H.P. says:— 

"However, many of the banks have been opening on partial payment 
to depositors, and several of the Chapters have been seriously em- 

This is interesting as indicating the trend of the times in 
certain Jurisdictions: — 

"There have been growing up in the Grand Chapter boards and com- 
missions that apparently do not seem to feel any responsibility to the 
Grand High Priest and who are interpreting their position as that of 
being entirely apart from the direction and suggestions of the Grand 
High Priest and his corps of officers. In this manner there seems to be 
a growing position of scattering the powers and duties of the Grand 
Chapter in such a way as to weaken and hinder any forward movement 
that the Grand High Priest and his fellow officers would like to put into 
effect for the good of Capitular Masonry and thus tend toward pulling 
apart and hindering the efficiency of Capitular Masonry. 

"Even in our state government this matter has been called very 
energetically to the attention of rur governing bodies. 

"Like every good undertaking without a definite head or under definite 
supervision, some of them have failed to function entirely during the 
past year." 

The G.H.P. concludes with this verse: — 

"A living faith 
I found in one to-day 
Whose life is toil and grind. 
And I give thanks to One 
Who helps me seek and find 
A living faith." 

The Committee on Necrology quote : — 


"Death is a dialogue between 

The spirit and the dust. 
'Dissolve,' says Death; the spirit, 'Sir, 

I have another trust.' 
Death doubts it, argues from the ground, 

The spirit turns away, 
Just laying off, for evidence, 

An overcoat of clay." 

This under the In Memoriam features : — 

"Four things a man must learn to do, 
If he would make his record true, 
To think without confusion clearly, 
To love his fellow men sincerely, 
To act from honest motives purely, 
To trust in God and heaven securely," 

Membership 15,868. Net loss 1,892. 

Fourteen G.H.P.'s were present doing duty and receiving 

Canada was duly represented by E. W. F. Holler, G.H.P. 
Comp. C. C. Hunt reported for the Service Committee : — 

"Lethargy and indifference have prevailed rather than zeal and effort. 
The result is little, if any, worthwhile achievement; little, if any, real 

The Committee on Capitular Education made a striking 
Report : — 

"Some one has said that it takes brains to appreciate Masonry. Brains 
is an indiscriminate term which does not mean anything. So let us say 
that it requires understanding. A man can go through the ceremonies 
of the several degrees and satisfy himself with the idea that he is a 
Mason, but he will never know why until he commences to think about 
the things through which he has passed and understands the reason." 

Distinguished visitors were welcomed and the exchange of 
courtesies was emphasized as one of the strongest links that 
bind Capitular Bodies into one common mass of friends and 

The late lamented Louis Block was there representing the 
Scottish Rite, also the Representatives of Wisconsin, Missouri, 
Illinois, Kansas and the active Head of every Masonic Body in 
the State. 

Earl E Dusembery was elected G.H.P. 

Ed. Lankin, of Toronto, is the Grand Representative of 

Biographical sketches, which conclude the main volume, are 
most interesting. Under E. W. F. Holler's biography we 
read : — 

"The same year he was licensed and ordained to the Presbyterian 
Ministry by the Presbytery of Cimarron, Oklahoma. His qualifications 


as a Minister of the Gospel, and the appreciation of his sterling qualities 
and character, can best he emphasized in stating he is rounding out his 
Fifteenth year as pastor at Blooklyn, Iowa, and especially so, during 
this period of unrest, when even Ministers jump from pillar to post for 
one reason or another." 

The Report on Correspondence is in the friendly hands of 
C. H. Eckles, P.G.H.P., who succeeds E. M. Willard in this 
important post. He makes a naive introduction : — 

"Avery successful organizer once told me that there were three things 
necessary to make any organization progressive: 

"1st. Explain your objects in language that the listener will under- 
stand, omitting flowery oratory. 

"2nd. Tell the truth. 

"3rd. See enough people and you can't fail. 

"What we need is Companions who are not afraid of a little actual 
work, some who do not wait, but go out and make the opportunity. 

"Private enterprise is not so far wrong in the theory that it pays to 
spend money in a territory that is apparently 'slipping,' and use every 
legitimate means for its revival before it is considered dead. 

"The spirit of cheerfulness in the face of adversity is the true char- 
acteristic of the people of this great country of ours, and barren indeed 
of faith and vision, is he who lacks imagination and confidence to foresee 
the growth of better times." 

Under General Grand Chapter referring to the late C. C. 
Davis : — 

"Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day 
in Israel?" 

Other references in this Review are as follows: — 

"A few sincere friends ,who understand and remain true 
A work to do which has real value, 

The will to go forward, even though the trail be unblazed, 
Wisdom, tempered with mercy, 
A sense of humour, the power to laugh and a little leisure 

with nothing to do. 
A few moments of quiet — the sense of the presence of God, 
And the patience to wait for these things, that the sunset 

shall not oe darkened by the clouds of my haste." 

"I am one who believes in saving; but to refrain from making the 
necessary outlay, when necessary to strengthen and preserve our hold on 
life, is a mighty poor saving." 

Canada at Brockville is briefly reviewd. We note the fol- 
lowing comments: — 

"Quite a large number of visits were made throughout the year, and 
particular mention was given to Klondike, in this report. 

"We find that the Grand Superintendents give much time and study 
to their respective districs, and with just a little let up of the present 
conditions, the Royal Craft will again flourish. 

"The Grand Chapter now has securities totaling $88,500.00; and look- 
ing at it from this distance, we would say that they are gilt edged, which 
must be highly pleasing to the Companions of this 'Grand Jurisdiction. 

"Iowa received recognition of almost two pages, and we appreciate it." 



Holmes W. Haviland, Grand High Priest. 

Elmer F. Strain, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventieth Annual convened in York Rite Temple, 
Wichita, February 18, 1935. 

Distinguished visitors from Missouri, Texas, Iowa, 
Colorado, Nebraska and the General Grand Council were 

The lines were then formed and G.G.H.P. O'Hara was 
formally received and greeted and extended the Gavel of 

A fine array of seventeen Past G.H.P.'s were honoured in 
the East. 

Roy H. Clossen duly represented Canada. 

From the address of the G.H.P. we take the following strik- 
ing passages : — 

"Our fundamentals are the same to-day as with the generations which 
have passed on. Our ideals are lofty and worth striving to reach. Our 
foundations are sound. Our work and ceremonies should inspire you to 
nobler deeds and higher thoughts ; to look with compassion on the widow 
and fatherless in their desolation; to be helpful to those round about us; 
to obey the Law and constituted authorities to abhor disloyalty or rebel- 
lion ; to be good citizens in thought and deed. 

"Royal Arch Masonry is just as vital to-day as it has ever been in the 
past. Its work should be conducted after the manner so faithfully trans- 
mitted to us by our fathers, regardless of the changing attitude of men. 

"We should be concerned, therefore, when change and modification of 
our chart and compasses is proposed. The heart of Masonry includes its 
vital principles. The need of the hour in this effort for man's good is 
collective activity and individual living. 

"Neither shall they say, 'Lo, here! or Lo, there! for behold, the king- 
dom of God is within you.' Since our highest objective is the kingdom 
of God, the task is ours as an Institution and as individuals. Will we 
meet it and solve it, or shall we fail? Let us first restore the kingdom 
of God in our own hearts, and we can then build temples in the hearts 
of men. 

"The suspension, expulsion, restoration or reinstatement by the Lodge, 
shall, upon the declaration of the High Priest automatically become 
effective in the Chapter. Dues will accrue from the date of the High 
Priest's declaration. 

"A visit from the head of the Royal Craft to any chapter is probably 
the most valuable contact established. The benefits apply equally to the 
executives and to the officers and companions of the subordinate body. 
Fraternal conditions naturally follow economic affairs. One of the 
principal efforts of the year's work has been to meet our companions in 
their own field so that there might be mutual understanding of our re- 
lations and problems. 

"They were unable to pay the small amount of dues necessary. 
Through this channel we have lost many fine Royal Arch Masons." 


Under Educational we note the following papers were pre- 
pared and presented: — 

"'King Solomon's Temple; M.E.M. Degree', 

" 'The Tetragrammaton and the Lost Word', 

" 'Searching for the Lost', 

" 'The Word, and its Proper Application". 

The Committee on Necrology report:— 

"After all, it is Life which demands our effort and to that end let me 
give to you the following creed: 

"Help me to build my house of life stronger, safer, purer. Take not 
away my illusions. 

"Courage in humility. Make my New Year a memorable one for me. 
Whether it bring failure or the ripe fruit of my hope, let me not be dis- 
couraged — let me fail ,if fail I must, still faithful to the Task." 

Membership 12,899. Net loss 1.551. 

Albert K. Wilson, Grand Secretary Emeritus, presented his 
Report on History in which he said incidentally: — 
"Labour is endless; the research work is unlimited. 

"Time is fleeting and 'years steal tire from the mind as vigour from 
the limb,' and therefore the work of writing the second volume should not 
be delayed too long." 

Asa T. Hoge was elected G.H.P. 
A. P. Goering, of Hamilton, is the Grand Representative 
of Kansas. 

The biography of G.H.P. Haviland will be read with in- 

The In Memoriam pages are prefaced by : — 


Dedicated to the Memory 

of those 


who, during the past year, 

have passed through the Fourth Veil 

into the presence of the 

Eternal Grand Council. 

Albert J. Wilson, a veteran hand, introduces his Corres- 
pondence Report with the following depressing information : — 

"The net loss in membership in the Chapters of the United States as 
shown by the Proceedings reviewed, is 60,129." 

This from the California Review : — 

"There is not now so much talk about leaders, but there has been a 
dogged determination to work. Would that all Grand High Priests were 
included in the roll of such! If they were, many a loud plaint or artful 
alibi would be silenced." 

Canada at Brockville is briefly reviewed in friendly fashion. 
He gives extracts from the address of Grand Z. Haentschel 
and appears to be specially pleased, as he might well be. with 
M.E. Comp. Gardiner's Report of the Committe on the Con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry, quoting: — 


"Once they are admitted, we asume the responsibility. Precept and 
Example are the best means of development." 

He kindly calls our Review a splendid report. 
From the Review of Texas the following: — 

"To the notion of the writer it matters not how many members are on 
the Finance Committee or how long they serve. It resolves itself into 
purely a cold-blooded business proposition." 

And this from Wyoming: — 

•'The card accompanying 1 the Gavel reads: 


"Presented to the 

Royal Arch Masons of Wyoming 


William Hutton, 

Past High Priest of Baalbec Chapter 

of Green River, 

June 19, 1934." 

The name of this Reviewer's grandfather was also William 


W. D. Cannan, Grand Hi°;h Priest. 

G. Allison Holland, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Seventeenth Convocation was held 
in Louisville, October 16, 1934. 

The record number of Past G.H.P.'s, twenty-one in all, were 
honoured in the Grand East. 

From the Grand High Priest's address the following: — 
"We will be able 'to Brave Every Danger, Endure the Hardships, 
Surmount Every Obstacle' and at last arrive at the journey's end with 
great joy and satisfaction of having faithfully performed our allotted 
tasks, and hear the approval of the Master Overseer saying — Good Work, 
Square Work, True Work, just such as is needed for this magnificent 
edifice you have been building. 

"The time is now here for us to plan for the future sanely and con- 
servatively, to get back to a real basis of prosperity. Of vastly more im- 
portance is the duty of the inspecting officer to enthuse the companions 
and insnire them with a greater zeal that will not cease until every 
Master Mason shall have found that which was lost and been exalted to 

Distinguished visitors included John H. Cowles, of the 
Southern Jurisdiction and Representatives of Ohio, West Vir- 
ginia and General G.H.P. O'Hara. 

The Grand Secretary reported: — 

"It has not been a bulging, enthusiastic year in the ranks of the Royal 
Craft, but it has been a steady year, the (Craft itself doing well." 

His eager vivid face adorns the Proceedings in portrait 


He reports a number of letters received from Grand Re- 

Membership 10,668. Net loss 1,141. 
This from the Necrology Report: — 

"I think of death as 'Change of Circumstance.' 
Enraptured as a bird upon the wing, 
The sick raised up, will laugh and shout and sing ; 
The cripple, freed, will run and swim and dance; 
And those who have been thwarted in life's chance 
Shall see their hopes come to their blossoming. 

"For them no dimming eyes, no palsied hand, no tottering step. For 
they have passed from sin to sinlessness; from weakness up to perfect 

John M. Cochran was elected G.H.P. 

From the Report of the Committee on Our Homes the fol- 
lowing encouraging item: — 

"Our school, under the leadership of Miss Belle Ford and her capable 
assistants, is unsurpassed for efficiency. Many of our graduates are 
making outstanding records in their chosen professions." 

A. S. H. Cree, of London, is the Grand Representative of 
Kentucky, and A. Gordon Sulser represents Canada. 

Our veteran friend, William W. Clarke, meets us again in 
friendly and fraternal charge of the Doings of Other Grand 

This under Alberta : — 

"Call their attention to the danger of acquiring, using his term, a 
'depression complex.' In other words, he thinks that many chapters, 
thinking that dues cannot be collected, are making no effort." 

Canada receives fraternal attention: — 

"There were present 14 grand officers, 15 grand superintendents, 
and the representatives of 136 chartered chapters. Kentucky was re- 
presented by R.E. Companion John Graham. 

"Demitted from his 'Craft lodge, he ruled that such a Mason was still 
in good standing in the chapter. This last ruling he evidently did not 
approve as he says that it has been ruled by the Grand Chapter and 
he has no power but to sustain it. It would certainly seem that the two 
rulings are hardly in accord. 

"The capitular reviews are again written by that capable reporter 
Companion Ponton. He gives about as complete and comprehensive re- 
view of the doings of other grand chapters are we have read. Ken- 
tucky is given capable and fraternal attention." 

This from the Review of New York: — 

"One reads with some amazement the amount of work done by the 
Grand High Priest of this Grand Jurisdiction. His address covers some 
94 pages and is packed full of activity from start to finish." 

And this from Washington : — 

"Anyhow, they are just the 'joiners' getting tired and quitting. We 
wonder if by chance that it just so happened that one real honest-to- 
goodness good Royal Arch Mason were included." 



D. Peter Laguens, Jr., Grand High Priest. 

John A. Da villa, Grand Secretary. 

Charles C. Brown, Acting Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-eighth Convocation convened in New Orleans, 
February 5, 1935. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests honoured in the East. 

Canada's Grand Representative, John W. Armstrong, was 
duly present. 

In addition to the General G.H.P. O'Hara and M.P. Comp. 
Woods, distinguished visitors from Virginia and Tennessee 
were welcomed. 

From the address of the G.H.P. we take these informative 
extracts : — 

"Our dearly beloved Companion John Antonio Davilla, Grand Secre- 
tary, passed through the white veil into eternity. 

"A cordial invitation to join the Order of High Priesthood. 

"In as much as no law is evident to govern this case in question, I 
ruled: 'It is evident that the Companion's legal name is Philip N. Haddad 
and although he he may have adopted the name of Smith nevertheless 
it is necessary that the State Legislature authorize such a change and 
Pontchartrain (Chapter is hereby ordered to correct the name and carry 
him on their rolls according to his legal status which is Philip N. Haddad. 

"Dual office-holding in several of our Chapters. I ruled that this was 
strictly against our law and the offending 'Chapters must discontinue this 

"Attended Masonic York Rite Festival at Alexandria, fostered by the 
Square & Compass Club of that city, which later developed to have a 
membership of seven Masons. This has developed into very large pro- 
portions and they had prepared for an attendance of 1200. Due to 
inclement weather, about 800 appeared at the banquet. 

Time and space will not permit the enumeration of many pleasant 
visits to Blue Lodges in New Oreleans and elsewhere in the State with 
our M.W. Grand Master, Milton W. Boylan. These visits were made in 
my official capacity as Grand High Priest, and in each instance I was 
invited ta talk to members on Capitular Masonry, which I did without 
offense to any other Rite. 

"It is our duty to try and correct and rehabilitate Masonry. 

"Am asking Chapters to reinstate every suspended Companion who 
is in good standing in his Lodge on payment of current year's dues. A 
suspended Companion is no longer a Royal Arch Mason. 

"The time will come when we must face another front. 

"Many internal conditions await solution, but no condition is as im- 
portant as reinstatement and stoppage of suspensions." 

Membership 5,007. Total loss 604. 

The Acting Grand Secretary included in his Report this 
verse: — 

"To Love some one more dearly every day, 
To help a Wandering Child to find his way, 
To ponder o'er a noble thought, and pray, 


And smile when evening falls, 
This is my task." 

A portrait of a great Mason who has passed, John Antonio 
Da villa, precedes his memorial : — 

"But at its entrance, a few leagues beyond 
Opening to kinder skies and milder suns, 
And seas pacific as the soul that seeks them." 

George J. Ginsberg was elected G.H.P. 
Edwin F. Gayle presented the Report on Foreign Corres- 
pondence in which he said : — 

"The most that Capitular Masonry can do is to co-operate with the 
work being done by our Grand Lodges. There are a few instances where 
Grand Chapters have held themselves aloof from Grand Lodge activities 
and have declined to lend financial or moral support to the Grand Lodge? 
of their jurisdiction and some indeed have even taken an attitude of 
superiority to the Grand Lodges, which has resulted to some extent in 
estrangement between Capitular Masonry and .Symbolic Masonry. They 
are adjuncts of and dependent for their very existence upon Blue Lodge 
Masonry, in the proportion that thev withdraw their support from and 
divert their interest from Symbolic Masonry and its activities, they lessen 
their own usefulness and impede the general progress of Masonic work 
and education. 

"In their origin, the so-called higher orders of Masonry were nothing 
more than appendages of Symbolic Masonry." 

R. Ex. Comp. William Y. Mills, of Kingston, is the Grand 
Representative of Louisiana. 

In the Review of General Grand Chapter we find the visit 
of the Earl of Cassillis recorded and also that of George A. 
Howell, Grand Scribe E. of Scotland. John H. Cowles, well 
known in the Southern Jurisdictions of the Scottish Rite, was 

Joseph H. Milans says in his address: — 

"I have many things that mortal man may not take away from me. 
So have you. All those things I would willingly give to all of my fellows. 
We have a scriptural injunction: 'Prove all things and hold to that which 
is good.' " 

This verse was quoted from the address of General G.H.P. 
O'Hara :— 

"Fear not each sudden sound and shock, 
'Tis of the wave and not the rock, 
'Tis but the flapping of the sail, 
And not a rent made by the gale ! 

In spite of rock and tempest's roar, 
In spite of false lights on the shore, 
Sail on nor fear to breast the sea ! 
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee, 

Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears, 
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears, 
Are all with thee — are all with thee! 


"Our Order, like our country, is not without its detractors, those who 
would rejoice to see it perish. 

"If enthused, we have perused the doings of the founders of our coun- 
try and become imbued with their profound and undying devotion and love 
of liberty, equality and justice for all. If inspired and with ardor fired 
by a zealous study of our Great Light. 

"Let Freemasons, one and all, and Masonic organizations of every 
degree and name, stand united oin an equal level plane, .shoulder to 
shoulder for God, our country, our government, an equal opportunity for 
all, and the unity and perpetuity of Freemasonry." 

From the Review of Indiana the following : — 

"<She taught Freedom of Conscience and the pure principles of Religion 
and the right of every man to approach his God without an intercessor, 
and the Reformation flamed into being. 

"She taught a love of the Arts and Sciences and their application to 
the affairs of the world for the uplift and betterment of men, and the 
Renaissance flowered forth with Literature and Arts and Science as the 
common heritage of every man. 

"She looks on while the church talks of the things of the Past and 
neglects the things of the Present; she looks on while Invention produces 
marvelous machines. 

"I confidently believe that Masonry still has a God-given mission to 
perform. She must still teach men obedience to orderly government until 
the Gangster, and the Criminal are banished from our midst forever. 
She must still teach men submission to proper ^Government forms until 
the 'Communist and the Anarchist leave our shores never to return." 

We excerpt this from the Oregon Review : — 

"Like Cervantes' creature Don Quixote, I buckled on the armor of a 
crusader. I resolved to echo and re-echo the slogan in this jurisdiction, 
'Support the Whole Masonic Structure.' 

"When I returned home, I began to emerge from the dream. I saw 
the wisdom and felt the remorse of the poet who said: 'Help men to enjoy, 
not to think.' 

"Find something to do, find a boy or a girl to educate, an old Com- 
panion to care for, a library to endow, something, anything, with which 
one may exercise the love, the tenderness, the desire for service that God 
has planted in the heart of each of us." 

In the Review of Canada at Brockville special attention is 
paid and quotations made from M. Ex. Comp. Gardiner's Re- 
port on the Condition of Capitular Masonry, which they find 
full of encouragement. Our benevolence is also spoken of and 
the following closes the Review : — 

"The Reviews are presented by Ponton, and are equal to the high 
standards which characterize his work. He seems to have missed nothing 
of beauty and vital interest. 

"There has also come to our desk a Pictorial History of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada. This is a work of which our Canadian Companions 
may well be proud." 



Benjamin L. Hadley, Grand High Priest. 

Con vers E. Leach, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Tenth Annual was held at Portland, 
May 7, 1935. Among the distinguished guests those from 
Rhode Island, Massachusetts ,New York, New Hampshire. 
New Jersey and Quebec are noted. 

Eleven Past Grand High Priests as permanent members, 
were greeted. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not respond to Roll 

The address of the G.H.P. contained food for thought: — 

"It is only through such participation that the sentiment of the mem- 
bership at large concerning the condition of Capitular Masonry in this 
jurisdiction can be gauged and from which a constructive program can 
be formulated. 

"I said I was disappointed, not discouraged. 

"Never allow the organization to disintegrate or fall into a state of 
utter decay. 

"We need to develop some sort of fraternal revivifier. 

"Cement the bonds of fraternal brotherhood between states and 
nations. Provide a medium for the exchange. 

"He is much more likely to seek reinstatement when he is in debt for 
only two, three or four dollars than he is if he owes eight, ten or twelve 
dollars. .Some sort of control must be set up to halt this wholesale sus- 

"A basis for the possible consolidation of some of the weaker chapters 
with nearby larger chapters." 

Membership 13,595. Net loss 1,108. 

John C. Arnold was elected G.H.P. 

In Maine the names of Grand Correspondents are listed 
with the addresses of other Grand Officers in the various Juris- 

Marshal E. Sherwood, of Woodstock, is the Grand Repre- 
sentative of Maine. Canada is represented by J. Blaine 

Our old friend and colleague, Thomas H. Bodge, has within 
his friendly and fraternal care the Report on Correspondence. 

We take this from the Review of Alberta : — 
"The Grand First Principal expressed the opinion the custom in one 
chapter of having the Second and Third Principals sitting in the First 
Principal's chair and conferring the Mark Master and Most Excellent 
Master degrees was unjustified. I found no further comment." 

This from the Review of Arizona : — 

"I have long felt that the day must and will come when instead of 
erecting a barrier of dollars between our Blue Lodge brethren and the 
beautiful lessons which we exemplify in our Capitular Degrees we shall 
be able to invite and accept into our ranks those of our Blue Lodge 


brethren who have demonstrated in their activities a love for Masonry. 
I for one would like to see the Chapter an organization! of active Masons 
whose time and attention is devoted to the education and training of Blue 
Lodge Masons along Masonic lines, Brethren who are truly interested 
in a iMasonic life and philosophy." 

This from the Review of British Columbia : — 
"History may be little more than a pageant of shadows, but we must 
take life as it is, and play our part in it to the fullest extent. Think of the 
continuity of life ; we are links, each of us in an endless chain. The life 
of man is a corporate affair; the dead and the living united in a co- 
operative movement. 

"Freemasonry was never meant for cold souls and narrow minds that 
do not comprehend its lofty teaching and sublime Apostolate. To comfort 
misfortune, to popularize knowledge, to teach." 

Canada 1934 is well reviewed. We make the following ex- 
tracts : — 

"As to granting dispensations I think he passed all records I have 
observed, ninety-four being reported. 

"There are eighteen Grand Superintendents and their reports cover 
about sixty pages, giving a clear conception of conditions. Many offer 
constructive suggestions and I am impressed with the apparent serious- 
ness of the craft composing the inspecting officers. 

"One mentioned a convocation, 'Like a breath of the Scottish High- 
lands. If someone had spoken Gaelic it would not have surprised me. 
An earlier form of the Royal Arch was presented, but in an effective way 
that could not have been surpassed by its younger competitor.' 

"A nine page report on conditions is altogether out of the ordinary. 
Aside from its strictly informative character it presents many ideas 
worthy of careful thought. Perhaps I can best express the conclusion by 
repeating a quotation from John Oxenham: 
"Watchman, what of the night? 
The ways are dark. 

Faith holds her wings and Hope, in piteous flight 
Has dimmed her radiant lamp to feebled spark. 
Love bleeding lies, 
But — I see the morning light." 

"William Ponton again prepared one of his incomparable reviews, but 
for the sake of economy it was decided not to issue it in separate form 
for general distribution; a mistake, I say." 

"As ever, he carefully covered every proceeding and for the con- 
venience of his readers prepared a "Topical Analytical Index" that any 
matter of interest may be readily referred to. He culls the best from 
each, and any one wishing to find a topic on which to base an address 
cannot do better than read his work." 

Under England we read : — 

"There is not much of interest I was able to glean from the little 
folders received from the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of England. Each starts off with a list of Grand Officers present. 

"The Quarterly of May was in similar vein. Fifteen new chapters 
were authorized. Just to show how they line up .1 will mention one of the 
last two petitioning. The first three officers named were respectively: 
Kasargod Patnesetti Janardhan Rao as Z., Ciriyam Suryanarayanarow 
Basker as H. and Sikamani Ramachandra Naidu as J." 


This from the Review of Illinois : — 

"Writing of what happened Turnbull mentioned the use of slides to 
explain the key in the Royal Arch degree hut said he would recommend 
the use of a black-board as that was found very satisfactory in Illinois." 
A touch from Ireland : — 

"One each in India, Gibraltar, Western Australia and New South 
Wales, and another is maintained by the Eighth King's Royal Irish 

"The various ruling bodies recognize one another as Masonic, there 
being no such thing as parallel systems." 

From the Review of Scotland these interesting para- 
graphs : — 

" 'The Supreme 'Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland' was ably 
handled by M.E. Comp. J. A. Grantham, from Tangier, Morocco. 

"He bore witness that 'In the Western Mediterranean, all three Con- 
stitutions — Scottish, English and Irish — are living together in amity and 
peace.' They appeared reluctant to give up their charters so long as there 
was hope of surviving. He spoke of the experience of finding 'men of all 
creeds — Christians, Jews, Moslems and Greeks — working together.' He 
was profuse in his appreciation of the welcome accorded himself and Lady 
Casillis when at the General Grand Chapter. He spoke of the splendour 
of the American Temples and in contrast he had recently visited in North 

"I believe in these days when there is so much about pride of race — 
and all that talk of the Nordic race in Germany — there is more need than 
ever of the doctrine of Freemasonry, which begins with the fear of God. 
We have the love of God which casteth out fear, and then we have the 
love of our fellow man; and it is by these weapons we fight and not by 
the sword or the mailed 'fist. " 

Our friend's conclusion is always good: — 

"My nineteenth ramble over the capitular jurisdictions has given me 
much pleasure. 

"The process of segregating the members unable to pay dues from 
those who are indifferent is still going on. Chapters find it is a kindness 
as well as business proposition to take action against those who allow 
themselves to become subject to supension for non-payment of dues before 
the debt to the chapter has grown so large there is no likelihood of its 
ever being paid. Nearly all jurisdictions provide that members suspended 
for non-payment of dues may be reinstated." 


Ralph Lowe, Jr., Grand High Priest. 

Raymond T. Sewall, Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Convocation held in Boston, March 13, 1934. Six 
Past Grand High Priests present, all bearing well known 

Canada's Grand Representative duly present. 

The Gen. G.H.P. was welcomed and spoke. 

A Memorial Resolution closes with this verse: — 


"Nay, but as one layeth 

His worn-out robes away 
And taking new ones sayeth, 

'These will I wear to-day/ 
So putteth by the spirit 

Lightly its garb of flesh 
And passeth to inherit 

A residence afresh." 

The Order of High Priesthood was well attended : — 

"It is the Anointing after the Order of Melchisedec of one who has 

been elected to preside over and govern a regular and duly constituted 

Chapter of Royal Arch Masons." 

Quarterly Convocation held June 12, 1934. Memorial 
Resolutions were passed. 

M.W. Bro. Curtis Chipman, Grand Master, was greeted 
with long applause. We quote the following: — 

"He informed 'Companion Lowe that he had nothing upon his breast 
that he had not earned, and that it was a great privilege and pleasure 
to confer upon him at this time the Henry Price Medal. 

"His experience throughout the state thus far as Grand High Priest 
was, that it exemplified true companionship, and that companionship 
meant more to him than anything else. It simply was a continuance of 
the Great Adventure in Fraternalism; brotherhood opens the door, — 
companionship continues and completes the journey. No man should 
join the Fraternity for what he can get out of it. Let their slogan be 
'Worthy and Well Qualified.' His enlistment in the Fraternity had 
brought much happiness into his life. 

"A Companion brought greetings from the Grand Lodge of Panama " 

Quarterly Convocation September 11, 1934. 

From a Memorial the following appropriate verses : — 

"Such was our brother. Formed on the good old plan. 
A true and brave and downright honest man. 
He blew no trumpet in the market place 
Nor in the church, with hypocritic face, 
Supplied with! cant the lack of Christian grace. 
Loathing pretense, he did with cheerful will 
What others talked of, while their hands were still. 
His daily prayer, far better understood 
In facts than words, was simply doing good. 
So calm, so constant was his rectitude. 
That by his loss we know his worth, 
And feel how true a man has walked with us on earth." 

The Paul Revere Medal was presented to M.E. Comp. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-sixth Annual Convocation, 
Boston, December 11, 1934. 

The Exemplification Team presided at the work of the 
Mark Master, Past Master and Most Excellent Master Degrees. 

The Royal Arch Degree was afterwards exemplified, the 
Grand Secretary presiding. 


Canada's Grand Representative was duly present. 

Membership 33,722. Net loss 1,978. 

Distinguished guests from Quebec, New Jersey, Maine, 
Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania 
and other local Dignitaries, including Melvin Maynard 
Johnson, M.P. Sovereign Grand Commander, were introduced. 

We quote from the reception to Curtis Chipman: — 

"Grand Master must necessarily grow in richness and gladness with 
the passing years." 

From the address of G.H.P. Lowe we make the following 

extracts : — ■ 

"In the dutiful deliberations of this great body, and Gladness because 
of the satisfaction that must come with our arrival at this, another mile- 
stone in the history of the Capitular Rite, with a degree of harmony, 
persistency and faith prevailing which cannot be excelled. 

"May our association, one with the other, build well for time and 

"Oh ,thou of strong and gentle mind, 
Thy thrilling voice shall plead no more 
For Truth, for Freedom, and Mankind — 
The lesson of thy life is o'er. 

"These factors of life, accelerated by abnormal economic conditions 
of an unusual character came upon us and acted against us like 'a min- 
now attempting to swim against a strong gulf stream.' 

"The range and purpose of our educational endeavour is familiar to 
all of you. 

"When Grand Lodge votes on this matter, it votes 'To suspend or 
expel (whichever the case may be) the brother in question (our com- 
panion) from the Rights and Privileges of Freemasonry.' When Grand 
Lodge so votes it acts upon the basis of common and fundamental Masonic 
Law. It says to the Mason in question, in the language of the supreme 
authority of the Jurisdiction, 'You are suspended or expelled from all the 
Rights and Privileges of Masonry.' No one will deny that the Capitular 
Rite is strictly and truly Masonic. 

"No one will hesitate to admit that each and every one of us in our 
Masonic degrees pledges ourselves 'to support and maintain the Laws.' 

"A vote by Grand Lodge 'excluding a Mason from the rights and 
privileges of Freemasonry' can only mean what it says. These facts are 
borne out in our ritual, obligations, custom and usages. 

"In view of the well-defined basic and fundamental Masonic Law to 
which this query applies, I have ruled that A Mason suspended or ex- 
pelled by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts from all the Rights and 
Privileges of Freemasonry is not and cannot be considered in good stand- 
ing in the Capitular Rite. His privileges and rights therein cease auto- 
matically when his rights and privileges as a Mason are suspended or 
taken away from himl by his and our Grand Lodge. 

"Leadership to-day calls for projected planning and determined effort. 
These in turn mean that we must 'Find the Facts,' 'Fix the Facts,' and 
'Face the Facts.' The first two will be fully revealed and detailed in our 

"We contact our Companions in three ways. At Chapter meetings, in 


every-day life and by Chapter notices. Some Companions are not regular 
in their attendance at Chapter meetings. 

"Such a medium; should be made by every High Priest one of his 
greatest aides for the administration and leadership of his Chapter. It 
will pay to put plenty of thought into its composition as well as its con- 
tents. It will be worthy of a selected place in his kit of tools. It deserves 
at all times his preferred thought and attention. 

"Consult the Grand .Secretary from time to time on the matter of 
general data for your notices and suggested programs for your members 
and 'Chapter. 

"In conclusion, my Companions, T ask you all by your individual and 
collective vision to look to the future with Faith, Courage and Deter- 
mination. Our work ahead demands deliberation coupled with optimism 
constructively displayed." 

M.W. Bro. Chipman said: — 

"The greatest ambition to which any man may aspire is that he may 
work with his brethren for the accomplishment of great things." 

M.E Comp. Prince and M.E. Comp. Cushing installed Ralph 
Lowe, Jr., as G.H.P. for the ensuing year. 

Many In Memoriam pages follow. 

D. Henry Childs, of Canton, is the Grand Representative 
of Canada, and D. H. Mcintosh, of Carleton Place, is the Grand 
Representative of Massachusetts. 

The membership, strength, and names of Officers from the 
Annual Proceedings of each Grand Jurisdiction are given in 


Orrin George Bickford, Grand High Priest. 
Charles A. Conover, Grand Secretary. 

From the biographical notes on M.E. Comp. Bickford the 
following striking paragraphs : — 

"He has travelled thousands of miles by the headlight rays of the 
automobile in order to reach 'a date' of a a chapter meeting; a conference 
with chapter officers; to call upon the sick and administer comfort and 
advice; to reach the next meeting place, or to help save a charter to a 
delinquent chapter and urge the adoption of business principles in its 
financial affairs. He has always been ready to respond to the cry of 
'Help!' and has taken the burden and trials of others upon his own heart. 
He has been deeply interested in the well being of the Order of DeMolay. 

"Feeling that the existing Masonic Lodges were not giving the neces- 
sary encouragement and opportunities to the Alumni members of the 
Order of DeMolay, he withdrew from one of the largest lodges in Detroit 
and joined in the organization of a new lodge titled Jacques DeMolay 
Lodge. It is the central idea of this lodge to furnish welcome oppor- 
tunities for the graduate DeMolay member, where he will be surrounded 
by his former mates and also be permitted further development of his 
manhood and character, unhampered by deep seated precedent in the 
selection of officers and by too conservative ideas of the proper functions 
and opportunities for doing good in the world of trials and difficulties. 


"On leaving the executive position of Grand High Priest his next self- 
imposed duty is 'to see that two hundred under-privileged boys get the 
benefits of Camp Rademaker.' " 

The Eighty-seventh Annual was held in Lansing, May 15, 
1935. This paragraph describes the opening: — 

"After purging Grand Chapter and before completion of the opening 
ritual, the distinguished guests and honoured visitors were received, that 
they might witness the full ceremony of opening 'Grand 'Chapter." 

Distinguished guests from Illinois, General G.H.P. O'Hara 
and our own M.E. Comp. Gardiner and M.E. Comp. Edwin 
Smith were welcomed. 

Seventeen Past G.H.P.'s were assembled, presented, and 
aided in celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of his attendance 
at Grand Chapter of the veteran Lou B. Winsor, who was 
presented with flowers. 

In an address of welcome Comp. Fead, Justice of the 
Supreme Court, said: — ■ 

"He wittily enumerated by 'Alphabetical list' the many attractions 
of the City of Lansing. He particularly stressed the cordial relations 
existing between our own country and our neighbour, Canada, by the 
display of the colours of both countries side by side." 

The Roll of Honour of Deceased P. G.H.P.'s was read. 
Canada was duly represented by Charles A. Conover. 
From the address of the G.H.P. the following : — 

"Economic conditions have dictated the wisdom of conserving our 
limited finances by confining this convocation to a one day session. 

"The devastating effects of the serious economic upheaval that we 
have been passing through has continued to take its toll upon our mem- 
bership and to curtail activities in our subordinate bodies. 

"During the year 691 of our companions have passed on. 

"A letter was signed and mailed to each of the High Priests of the 
Upper Peninsula chapters by the Grand Secretary. I give it to you in 
place of a list of visits, and to tell you that during the year 17,785 miles 
were traveled, which included many visits not in chapter rooms but in 
the homes, fields or streets, 

"During the summer I made an effort to contact the chapters from 
whom I had received no reports and found that an alarming number of 
them were not holding meetings, no effort being made to collect dues nor 
to secure new members. From that time I spent every effort to endeavour 
to instill in these dormant chapters a spirit to do something for them- 

Companion John Rademaker, in presenting to the Grand 
Chapter of Michigan beautiful "Camp Rademaker," on Bear 
Lake, had in mind a place which would be available for Royal 
Arch Masons and their families, and the Grand Chapter dedi- 
cated it in part to DeMolays, who have been enjoying its 
facilities for the last ten years. 

"If you want something done get a busy man to do it. 


"In the hope of a leadership, conscious of these problems and inspired 
with a desire for .help a meeting of the Kings, Scribes and Secretaries 
has been arranged for this convocation." 

The Grand Lecturer is termed the Ambassador of Good 

The G.H.P. thus concludes: — 

<f One of the greatest sources of satisfaction will come to those who can 
feel that they have given a helping hand to a kindred soul who has been 
unfortunate. Help the boy thus cruelly penalized, and you will be ren- 
dering a service sublime in its aspects of doing a kindly deed and will be 
sacred from the standpoint of making a good citizen out of a youth who, 
neglected, might become a possible liability from our neglect to help him 
in his younger years. Of all the flowers that blossom in the human heart, 
gratitude is the most fragrant and it is unthinkable that a boy having 
received kindness will repay you otherwise." 

From the Grand Secretary's Report: — 

"Here beginneth the 32nd Epistle of Charles to the Royal Arch 
Masons. As I sit down to start another annual report to this Grand 
Chapter I am forcibly reminded of the words of the Persian Pcet- 

"Like wind flies time 'tween birth and death; 
Therefore, as long as thou hast breath, 
Of care for two days hold thee free; 
The day that was and is to be." 

Membership 32,971. Net loss 3,210, a tragedy indeed in 
such a splendid Jurisdiction as Michigan. 

The Grand Lecturer in a comprehensive address roported 
on delinquent dues, on non-attending members and on lack of 
leadership : — . 

"We need a revival of the old order Masons who are willing to give 
that precious thing we call time to tihe philosophy of Masonry. We need 
fewer architects, more workmen. 

"It is the human contacts, the knitting of the hearts, that will outlive 
all the statistical data that were ever recorded. 

"Guard against our ritualistic work becoming merely a beautiful form. 
The teachings so live in us that they are translated into a program of 
uplift for the community. Real spirit of love for God and man. If 
Masonry is to continue to be a vital force in this rapidly changing world. 
we who have enlisted under its sacred standard must be Masons, in heart 
and life." 

General G.H.P. O'Hara spoke:— 

"He gladdened the hearts of all present with his comforting words of 
good cheer and encouragement, strongly emphasizing the fact that the 
best part of- the energy, interest, and progressiveness of the Order was 
still connected with the present membership and had not all been lost by 
lapses. He brought messages of good will and greetings." 

William Nicholas Senf was elected G.H.P. 
Grand Z. George Lawrence Gardiner was honoured at the 
Convention of Anointed High Priests : — 


"By order of the Most Excellent President these companions were 
thereupon admitted, received, set apart, anointed and solemnly conse- 
crated to the Holy Order of High iPriesthood. 

"Most Excellent 'Companion George Lawrence Gardiner, Grand Z. of 
Canada, Province of Ontario, who had been conducted through the cere- 
monies of the Order as the active candidate, expressed to the Grand 
Council for himself and his Excellent Companions of the class, sincere 
thanks for the courtesies extended to them." 

M.E. Comp. Walter G. Price, of Port Credit, is the Grand 
Representative of Michigan. 

A list of Masonic Publications is recommended, including 
our two Ontario Masonic periodicals, "The Sun" and "The 


Wylie R. Riddle, Grand High Priest. 

John Fishel, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-second Annual was held at iSt. Paul. November 
14, 1933. 

Eleven Past G.H.P.'s as permanent members, were 
.honoured in the East. 

The Grand Z. of Manitoba was welcomed. 

Canada was duly represented by J. Arthur Jensen. 

From the G.H.P.'s address the following: — 

"I believe the two causes that contribute most to the condition are: 
first, loss of interest in the Fraternity; and second, insufficient effort to 
collect dues. The remedy for the first rests with the 'Chaper and in a 
great measure, the High Priest." 

Membership 14,874. Net loss 823. 

The Grand Lecturer reports : — 

"It has been said that 'it takes adversity to make character,' and what 
is true of an individual life is also true of our Chapters. Many of them 
have rallied nobly. 

"Eh has been written 'Your old men shall dream dreams and your 
young men shall see visions.' " 

The Committee on the State of the Rite quote : — 

"A good philosophy to bear in mind is one by Edward Everett Hale: 

"To look up and not down ; 
To look forward and not back ; 
To look out and not in ; 

To lend a helping hand. 

"You say the world looks gloomy; 
The skies are grim and gray, 
The night has lost its quiet, 
You fear the coming day. 


The world is what you make it. 

The sky is gray or blue, 
Just as your soul may paint it. 

It isn't the world, it's you. 

"To ibe a little kindlier 
With the .passing 1 of each day; 
To leave but happier memories' 
As I go along the way; 
To use possessions that are mine 
In service full and free; 
To sacrifice the trivial things 
For larger good to be; 
To give of love in lavish way 
That friendships true may live. 
To be less quick to criticize, 
More ready to forgive; 
To use such talents as I have 
That happiness may grow, 
To take the bitter with the sweet 
Assured 'tis better so ; 
To keep my faith in God and right 
No matter how things run ; 
To work and play and pray and trust 
Until the journey's done. 
God, grant to me the strength of heart, 
Of motive and of will, 
To do my task and falter not, 
This purpose to fulfill." 

Milford Nelson was elected G.H.P. 

Oliver El wood ,-of London, is the Grand Representative of 


Milford Nelson, Grand High Priest 

John Fishel, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-third Annual was held in St. Paul, October 
9, 1934. 

Fifteen Past G.H.P.'s graced and strengthened the Grand 

J. Arthur Jensen duly represented Canada. 

From the brief address of the G.H.P. we quote . — 

"If the entire York Rite, aside from the Blue Lodges, could be merged 
in our jurisdiction, I believe it would be a forward step for our branch 
of Masonic endeavour. We do not need 84 Chapters in Minnesota. Six 
or eight York Rite Temples. 

"Unite branches into a more efficient organiation than they are at 
present. A house divided against itself can not endure. 

"Another point which our Grand Chapter might well consider is the 
sponsoring of some project helpful to humanity, which would give our 


members an incentive and would instill pride in our organization which 
all of our members do not at present enjoy. 

"Our ritualistic and social features should be augmented by the 
adoption of some worthy practical purpose." 

Membership 13,799. Net loss 1061. 

From the comprehensive Report of Grand Lecturer Pool 
we quote : — 

"I was much pleased to see the King step forward and nobly march 
into line and do much for our cause in his community. I want to com- 
mend men of that type who are ready and willing to shoulder other men's 
responsibilities when they fail us, and who will step out and carry on in 
the face) of adversity. 

"Royal Arch Masonry is far more than repetition of a ritual; it is a 
Way of Life, real in the every-day lives of our several communities. 

"It has been said that Freemasonry came into being to satisfy a 
definite need in human life and has prospered because it has satisfied 
that need, and it will continue to exist and prosper only so long as it 
satisfies the needs of man. 

"My Companions, the old year with its mistakes is gone forever, and 
the new year, with its challenge, is standing on the threshold. Are you 
willing to accept its challenge to service?" 

The 'Committee on the State of the Rite say: — 

"Those Chapters which are blessed by a High Priest and a Secretary 
who between them possess the qualities of enthusiasm and leadership are 
truly fortunate, for upon these officers devolves full responsibility for 
every activity of their Chapter." 

William S. Vercoe was elected G.H.P. 

J. Arthur Jensen is also President of the Order of Anointed 
High Priesthood. 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Elwood, of London, is the Grand 
Representative of Minnesota. 


James L. Williams, Grand High Priest. 

E. L. Faucette, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-seventh Annual Grand Convocation convened 
in Meridian, 13th February, 1935. 

Distinguished visitors in the persons of Most Puissant 
Robert A. Woods, of Indiana, General Grand High Priest 
O'Hara and the Grand Representative of Alabama, were re- 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests were honoured in the 

Canada's Grand Representative did not respond to Roll Call. 

The Proceedings are preceded by a Foreword from the 
General Grand High Priest, which we reproduce in full : — 

"If in love and kindness we always greet our families, friends and 


brethren, and with hearts swelled with sympathy and benevolence we 
always minister to the sick, the suffering and the destitute ; if we follow 
the sacred law and keep it and by our example win the esteem of our 
neighbours and all good men and true, and so instruct those who unite 
with us that they will follow in our footsteps, as we have followed in the 
footsteps of the founders, then Freemasonry will continue so long as time 
shall last, a benediction and blessing to mankind." 

From the brief address of the G.H.P. we take the 
following: — 

"That we have so many loyal and true Masons in the Chapters, let us 
thank God and take courage. 

"Fast as the rolling seasons bring 
The hour of fate to those we love, 
Each pearl that leaves the string 
Is set in friendship's crown above; 
These are our treasures that remain, 
But those are stars that beam on high. 

"There is so much to learn from the meetings of the General Grand 
Chapter, and it is so essential to the welfare and progress of this Grand 
Chapter to be properly represented. 

"Not gold, but only men can make 
A people great and strong; 
Men, who for truth and honour's sake, 
Stand fast and suffer long." 

Membership 3,079. Loss 175. Chapters 57. 

The Grand Lecturer said : — 

"They afford an opportunity of interesting a number of Chapters in 
the shortest time possible and with much more certainty than any other 

"They provide a motive, and an efficient one, for each team to strive 
to reach its best approach to perfect work." 

From the Report on Necrology this: — ■ 

"He took his part with the best of men in the best of their actions, 
and after what he had thus done and done so well, he might in the 
language of a great man, 'be well content to shut the book', even if he 
wished to read a page or two more." 

George D. Riley was elected G.H.P. 

Leon S. Lippincott is the Grand Representative of Canada, 
and Adam Arthur Gray, of Toronto, is the Grand Representa- 
tive of Mississippi. 

H. C. Yawn presents his tenth Report as Capitular Re- 
viewer and we catch a note of the subject in the man in his 
introduction : — 

"I have selected such items, for excerpt and comment, as I thought 
would be interesting and edifying to my (Companions. 

"My effort has been to strike a happy medium, if I could, between 
the pessimist, who dwells in the low ground, seeing nothing but encircling 
gloom, low vales and miasmic fogs on the one hand, and the optimist on 
the other, whose head is above the clouds, always bathed in perennial 
sunshine, and whose eye is forever set upon the star of hope anchored 


in the skies. In other words, I have tried briefly to present tooth sides 
of the picture as painted .by these two schools of psychology, so that my 
Companions, who will really serve as the jury, may reach a just verdict 
as to the real situation, and the part they must play in bringing about a 
just equilibrium so that the world again may resume its orderly cycle 
among its sister planets." 

From British Columbia Review : — 

"Each of the principal Grand Officers renders a complete account of 
their visitations to the Group Chapters assigned him. This plan assures 
a visit to each subordinate chapter. 

"The information he provides for his readers will keep them from 
groping along in the dark." 

Canada at Brockville is briefly reviewed. 

He comments on our welcome, upon Grand Representative 
Gray being present, on the Grand Z.'s appeal to the members 
to return to their respective Chapters with renewed energy, 
on our securities amounting to nearly $90,000, and on the in- 
terest and activities shown among local Chapters. He kindly 
calls our Reviews comprehensive and of interest. 

This from the Review of the D. of C. : — 

He describes himself as being in a spacious hall with a great Round 
Table and a 'goodly company, the flower of men' — and Gareth — like a 
novice assumes the seat assigned to him, in humility and awe." 

This cumulative admonition is of interest in Illinois: — 
"Poor Secretaries, radio, golf, automobile, picture shows, dinner clubs, 
and whatnot are mentioned." 

Showing his powers of observation we quote the following 
from Queensland : — 

"A very painful and distressing scene was created, in the midst of 
their Proceedings, by an ex-Companion, who, despite continuous warnings 
persisted in referring to irrelevant matters and reading abusive and in- 
sulting correspondence addressed to the First Grand Principal and Grand 


Willis J. Bray, Grand High Priest. 

Ray V. Denslow, Grand Secretary. 

The Eightv-ninth Convocation was convened at Moberly, 
April 23, 1935. 

The G.H.P. is Professor of Chemistry in the State Teachers' 
College and a member of the National Association for 

From the invocation of the Grand Chaplain, this 
thought : — 

"Like mind and common aspiration for that which is good. May the 
beauty of the day be reflected in the beauty of our fellowship and in the 
significance of this communion we have together, we pray in Thy name." 


The Grand Masters of the First, Second and Third Veil 
presented the respective distinguished visitors from Missouri, 
Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Illinois. 

The Past Grand High Priests were thus introduced : — 

"Immediately following the reception of the distinguished guests, an 
unique event occurred in the history of the Grand Chapter of Missouri — 
the introduction of each living Past Grand High Priest who was present, 
the presentation to him of the gavel of authority and the yielding of the 
gavel by him to his successor, until the ceremony was completed by the 
Junior Past Grand High Priest relinquishing the emblem to the Grand 
High Priest." 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following : — 

"Only three times before has a member of my profession presided 
over this iGrand Chapter. Let it be our earnest endeavour to transmit it 
undimmed by age, and untarnished by neglect, to our posterity, with 
such enrichment as our labours may be able to add. 

" 'Freemasonry is a progressive science.' We had little time to stress 
Masonic growth. We, through the ritualistic ceremonies, helped the 
candidates to lay a good foundation, and then, through our own neglect, 
permitted them to build their spiritual Temples elsewhere. 

"Thinking men are seeking for eternal verities. I have been very 
much impressed with the eagerness with which the Masons of Missouri 
and neighbouring states grasp at enduring truth, the highest concepts 
of Masonic philosophy. 

" 'Great is truth, and it will prevail.' 
"We meet upon the Level 

though from every station come, 
The rich man from his palace 

and the poor man from his home ; 
For the rich must leave his wealth and state 

outside the Mason's door, 
And the poor man finds his best respect 
upon the Checkered Floor. 

Under Necrology he quoted : — 

"Thrown aside are his Tools now forever; 

From earth's toiling and worry and strife 
To the Starry Sanctorum Exalted 
To that Higher and Holier Life. 

"No Substitute Word will avail there; 

In that Realm he'll find out the Right ; 
By the Signet of Truth must he enter 
The abode of Perfection and Light." 
"The Chapter has a foundation of its own upon which to stand, and 
was not merely an alley-way through which to reach the Commandery." 

This from his decisions : — 

"They planned to pattern the affair somewhat after the general plan 
of similar events conducted under the auspices of the Shrine. I ruled that 
anything which partakes in the least of the nature of a lottery is 
thoroughly out of harmony with the spirit of JR. A. M." 


Under Corporation Tax we learn that Grand Chapter 
finally secured a ruling exempting Grand Chapter from the 
filing of annual returns. 

He thinks well of General Grand Chapter and says:- 
"If there had ever been any doubt in my mind as to the splendid work 
which these General 'Grand Bodies are doing, that doubt would have been 
completely dispelled by my experiences with the leadership of these or- 
ganizations during the past year." 

Membership 20,325. Net loss 2,193. 

From the In Memoriam pages these verses: — 

"Friends, love and happiness; 
Dreams, too, have I, that reach as high 
As any summer-tinted sky. 

"But best, when dreams are lost 
Sometimes, as tracks in summer rain, 
A faith is mine to dream again." 

The Committee on Grievances reported : — 

"The eradication of disruptive friction in social organization is a 
function of executive authority, but even this undiplomatically exercised 
may aggravate rather than alleviate misunderstandings." 

The G.H.P. of Illinois spoke:— 

"Doctor, you beat me to it. I was going to say that it was not con- 
fined exclusively to the legal profession, however, because there is another 
profession that frequently indulges in polysyllabic periphrastics. 

"Masonry unifies the Christian, the Hebrew, the Mohammedan and the 
heathen." But query? 

The G.H.P. of Iowa retold the celebrated story of the em- 
barrassed father and the cards, ending thus : — 

"His good wife, seeing the predicament he was in, turned to the son 
and said, 'For God's sake, son, do something to help your father!' 

"He said, 'Mother, with a hand like that he doesn't need any help.' " 

He spoke seriously of Dictators : — 

"When a Grand Master of Masons of one of the larger countries of 
the world is thrown in prison, dying there because he was the Grand 
Master, and when a dictator with ai stroke of a pen can abolish Masonry 
from another great country, it is time for us to take notice." (Applause.) 

The Grand Master said : — 

"So I think when I go back to Iowa I will be a foot and mouth 
specialist by my work here. (Laughter.) I think that evens up." 

From the address of the G.H.P. of Oklahoma the 
following : — 

"The main thing I would say to you is that we Masons talk too much 
and live too little Masonry." (Applause.) 

The G.H.P. of Illinois said: — 

"I spoke last night on Frozen Assets of Masonry. Over at the hotel 
later on a Companion came to me and said, 'That was a good thought, 
but we overlooked one of the best parts or most serious parts of it.' 'What 
was that?' I asked. 'Our assets are frozen,' he said, 'because we ourselves 


have not attempted to interest, educate and inform our Companions as 
they come in.' " 

Dr. Frederick M. Smith pinch-hits for an absent Com- 
panion : — 

"If Masonry is to take the place of the force that has waned in the 
pulpit and the editorial room, them Masons must mot be amenable to any 
such order as that. 

"But, brethren, I haven't yet become convinced — far from it ! — that the 
pulpit is an entirely emasculated power; and I haven't yet become con- 
vinced that the editorial room is entirely out of the running." 

From the Grand Lecturer's Report: — 

" 'It is marvelous to me that you put as much feeling and expression 
into the third rendition as you did the first.' The singer said, 'Why should 
that be marvelous?' The brother replied, 'You are singing the same thing 
the third time to the same audience.' 'Oh, no, my brother,' the singer 
replied, 'you are mistaken. I had a new audience each time. I didn't 
sing to the brethren seated in the lodge room; I sang each time to the 
candidate.' Let our chapters get that viewpoint." 

Guy C. Million was elected G.H.P. 

Orson H. Swearingen is the Grand Representative of 
Canada and William J. Tow, of Toronto, is the Grand Repre- 
sentative of Missouri. 

The Capitular Year is reviewed 'by Ray V. Denslow, whose 
experienced and sympathetic touch is apparent throughout : — 

"Again, how does he member who is in, feel about the reduction in 
fees? He feels that he has been held up; that here are some who come 
in at the eleventh hour who are not receiving the same, but more than 
those who have borne the burden and heat of the day. 

"There was good cheer and good fellowship, and the cohesive power 
of our brotherhood was beautifully illustrated by the perfect harmony 
which prevailed." 

The Kuhn Memorial is reproduced and thus spoken of : — 

"Time cannot efface the memory of a well-spent life." 

A tribute from John W. Neilson, who quoted : — 

"Though he grew old he never lost life's zest, 
For to him the road's last turn was still the best." 

From the biography of our own Grand Z. Cowan we take 
the following: — 

"CANADA: Lieut. Col. Alexander Cowan was born March 16, 1867. 
His parents were natives of Scotland and he was educated in the public 
schools and in a collegiate. His life has been spent in teaching and the 
study and practice of law.." 

Under Condition of the Rite we read : — 

"We find our present-day life top-heavy with numerous organizations 
demanding an undue amount of work and attention from the few who 
devote their attention to fraternal or community work." 

Under Canada this : — 


"That the United States is not the only country suffering from de- 
pression is evident from the report of a commitee on condition of 
Capitular Masonry: 

"The financial status of Grand Chapter is not reflected in the sub- 
ordinate units of our organization." 

Our commemorative pictorial history is also referred to. 
It is said generously that this Reviewer was kind to his 
readers and offers a topical, analytical index. 

With this from the Review of Texas we close: — 

"Nothing compares with the review of Sam Helm. He acknowledges : 
" 'After rambling around in the highways and byways of com- 
mercialism for a decade, Grand Chapters are discovering that they are 
not a success as capitalists, caterers, orchestra leaders, bartenders or re- 
cruiting officers.' " 

MONTANA, 1934 

Russell D. Miller, Grand High Priest. 
Luther T. Hauberg, Grand Secretary. 
The Forty-fifth Annual was opened at Helena, 12th June, 

We extract this item from the biography : — 

"America found both types of his ancestors amalgamated in the 
' crucible of American citizenship, and Companion Miller's immediate for- 
bears came into being under the Stars and Stripes. " 

The General Grand Master of the Second Veil Spottswood 
responded graciously to his reception. 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following: — 

"In the 115th Psalm of the Great Light of Masonry we read these 
words: 'Not unto us, Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory/ 

"We have had occasion to stop and lj ponder as 'to whether or not some 
of the conditions confronting us are not, in a measure at least, the result 
of our own actions, or, rather let me say, the result of our lack of united 
and concerted effort. 

"The prophet Joshua, after he had assembled the children of Israel 
at Shechem, and had given them a brief history of God's benefits, said to 
them: 'Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.' We, as a Masonic 
Fraternity, are now in the Valley of Decision, and it is up to us to decide 
whether we shall stand for Righteousness, Justice and Tolerance, or 
whether we shall give our support, be it active or passive, to those who 
would break down the foundation stones on which those tenets are in- 

"Of all the solemnities of which the mind can conceive, death is the 
greatest. There may be here and there an empty heart and a thoughtless 
brain, across which no churchyard meditation passes. 

"Situated, as it is, in the center of the Helena Valley, surrounded by 
the beautiful sky-line of the Rocky and Bear Tooth Mountains, the view 
is most pleasing. The Home is well equipped, and its management is 
such as to evoke words of commendation. 

"The first thing to be accomplished is to arouse interest among the 
members; the next is to furnish the material from which information 


may be gathered, and the third objective is to get the lay-member to 
express himself. 

"R. E. Companion Halterman reports that his schedule was fast and 
furious, as indeed it must have been for him to be able to make nine 
visitations in ten days. His schedule required all night traveling, sleep- 
ing days and! eating about six meals in every twenty-four hours, and yet 
he enjoyed it." 

Montana's delegation to General Grand Chapter numbered 

Further extracts from his conclusion are: — 

"The situation in which we find ourselves at the present time brings 
to my mind the words of James A. Garfield, 

" 'I have seen the sea lashed into fury and tossed into spray, and its 
grandeur moves the soul of the dullest man. But I remember that it is 
not the billows, but the calm level of the sea from which all heights and 
depths are measured. When the storm has passed and the hour of calm 
settles on the face of the ocean, when the sunlight bathes its smooth 
surface, then the astronomer and the surveyor take the level from which 
to measure all terrestial heights and depths.' 

"Without you I should have been as a ship at sea without a pilot. To 
work with you is a pleasure, and to know you intimately is to love you 

The Grand Representatives were received and honoured : — 

"As Royal Arch Masons we belong to the largest consolidated body of 
Masons in the world ,and I believe that a great good can be accomplished 
if we do come closer in contact with our sister Jurisdictions. 

"The great fundamentals, not only in Masonry, but the great funda- 
mentals of government, the fundamentals which concern us now more 
deeply than they ever have. . . . We pledge to you that we will do 
our Royal Arch duty." 

H. T. Cumming represented Canada. 
Seventeen Past G.H.P. 's were present. 
J. Earl Halterman was elected G.H.P. 
From the Memorial Page: — 

"Be it ours then, Companions, then to hear 
From the Master's lips these words of cheer. 
'Your work is found both True and Square — 

"Their doubts and fears are over, 

For they know as they are known." 
Membership 3,740. 

William M. Logan, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of 
Canada, represents Montana. 

MONTANA, 1935 

J. Earl Halterman, Grand High Priest. 

Luther T. Hauberg, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-sixth Annual was held at Havre, May 18, 1935. 

This from the biography of the estimable G.H.P. : — 


"He is stalwart, outspoken, direct and most honourable in all his 
contacts. .Somehow, men who follow the railroad business, that is, its 
operating department, develop a peculiar personality; they seem more 
independent of spirit, more virile than the average man ; their hazardous 
occupation breeds into them a daring, a dash, an enthusiasm which most 
men do not possess." 

The reception to thirteen P.G.H.P.'s of Montana is re- 
corded : 

From the brief address of the G.H.P.' we take the fol- 
lowing: — 

"If the splendid fellowship continues, I do feel our growing pains will 
soon be a memory. 

"Farewell, friends. 

While life is good to give, I give and go 
To seek deliverance and that unknown light." 
"There were no dispensations issued, so I suppose all Chapters went 
through the usual routine, with peace and harmony prevailing." 

The Grand Secretary reports the membership as 3,482, with 
a net loss in membership' of only 3, a splendid snowing in these 
critical times. 

The Jurisprudence Committee answered a Canadian query 
thus: — 

"May 'Companions hailing from Canadian Chapters be received in 

"Committee on Jurisprudence informed the inquirers that any Com- 
panion hailing from any Chapter under the Jurisdiction of any Grand 
Chapter in fraternal correspondence with this Grand Chapter may visit 
any Montana Chapter; and that not more nor less than three could be 
exalted at one time." 

Canada was duly represented by H. T. Cumming. 

Charles A. Rasmusson was elected G.H.P. 

Attention being called to delinquent Committeemen and 
Grand Representatives, this is recorded : — 

"Grand Secretary be instructed to furnish the incoming Grand High 
Priest with a list of the members of committees and Grand Repre- 
sentatives who have failed to attend two consecutive sessions of the Grand 
Chapter without adequate excuse." 

Under Fraternal Dead : — 

"Gentle the words they said, 

Brightening the path we tread, 
Blest are the hallowed dead, 
Why should we mourn? 

"I have friends in spirit land — 
Not shadows in a shadowy band. 
Not others but themselves are they, 
And still I think of them the same 
As when the Master's summons came. 

— Whittier. 


R. Ex. Comp. W. M. Logan, Grand Secretary of the Grand 
Lodge of Canada, is the Grand Representative of Montana. 

The Correspondence Report is in the capable and ex- 
perienced hands of H. S. Hepner, P.G.H.P. 
Under Alabama Review we read: — 

"A nation, or a commonwealth, or even a community, is no greater, no 
matter what its wealth of natural resources, than the mass level of 
intelligence of its citizens. 

"Masonry and education, almost synonymous terms, must take a stand 
for a genuine intelligent education of all." 

This from Arizona Review : — 

"We find our present-day life top-heavy with numerous organizations 
demanding an undue amount of work." 

This from the Review of California : — 

"Gleams of hope, faith and a will to serve seem to portend another 
day. Already the call to labour is being heralded. It is time to cease 
idling. Hasten into the Quarries, but be sure that you put the mark of 
your very self on your work." 

Delaware is much quoted : — 

"My parting message is 'Be up and doing.' It is time to stop using 
the depression as an alibi for doing nothing. The future beckons with 
promise. It is in our own hands." 

Illinois always has something interesting: — 

"Grand Chaplain Batchelor delivered an oration. He said that there 

were three forces that have to do with the formation of character and 

the building of a life and they were heredity, environment and the will. 

"Our guiding star is the ritual. The ceremonies occurred at the 

lowest ebb in the national existence of Israel." 

A touch from Iowa : — 

"Three things necessary to make any organization progressive : 

"1st. Explain your objects in language that the listener will under- 
stand, omitting flowery oratory. 

"2nd. Tell the truth. 

"3rd. See enough people and you can't fail. 

"What we need is Companions who are not afraid of a little actual 
work, some who do not wait, but go out and make the opportunity." 

From the Review of Louisiana the following: — 

"The Correspondents are a sort of clearing house of Capitular infor- 
mation ,and the channels of informatior " 

From the full Review of Texas we make the following 
extract: — 

"We wish that we had space to give the spicy, pithy comment of Sam 
in his reviews. 

"You have to read them in full to enjoy the dainties. 

"The remark of the ancient gourmand comes to our mind when he 
said that he wished that he had the neck of a giraffe so that he could 
enjoy so much longer the dainties of which he partook; we are not quite 
sure now if it was the neck of a giraffe or an ostrich he wanted ; any- 
way, either would do in reading Sam's delectable repast in the shape of 
a Correspondence Report." 


In his conclusion our colleague sums up the whole 
matter : — ■ 

"Once more we lay down our pen at the end of our story of travel in 
Capitular foreign climes. 

"A compact membership, unified in strong purposes, is worth more 
than a vast mob, pulling in all directions. 

"To help others is the unknown quantity with most of such applicants. 

"Somehow, our heartstrings and pulsebeats are attuned to the belief 
that the 'Capitular Rite and Masonry will outlive the petty worries and 
trials of our times, and that the Royal Arch will span our lives and we 
will put our faith in its strength to care for us. " 

We regret that the Proceedings of Canada did not fall 
within his kindly ken. 


Harold R. Aniens, Grand High Priest. 

L. Wm. Semenza, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-second Convocation was opened in Elko, June 
11, 1935. 

The General Grand High Priest, who appears to find time 
to attend all Jurisdictions (no matter how small) within his 
ken, was present, also the Grand Master, Robert A. Woods, of 
Indiana, and a large delegation from Utah. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not answer Roll Call. 

Again under Necrology the G.H.P. differentiates between 
the official staff whom he thanks the loving mercy of the Great 
I AM in preserving intact. (Surely death, the Great Leveller, 
should make all one. 

We make the following extracts from his address : — 

"I do not find that the unavoidable necessity of some of the Com- 
panions having been compelled to relinquish their active membership for 
a time, has dampened the ardor or shaken the confidence of the Com- 
panions in their belief and faith in the great truths and principles of 
the organization. 

"More blame, I think, attaches to our own lack of active practice of 
our Masonic principles than to the influence of outside conditions. A 
Chapter of twenty members who carry the iSpirit and practice of Masonry 
into their daily lives will do more for their community and their fellow- 
men and for the advancement and glorification of the institution than 
two hundred who merely retain their membership and let it got at that. 

"One of the great lessons taught by our Royal Arch Masonry is the 
rebuilding of that which had been destroyed, and the regaining of that 
which was lost." 

Under Students' Loan Fund we learn that $1,325 are out- 

Membership 564. Net loss 52. 


Nine Past G.H.P. 's were introduced and welcomed to seats 
in the East. 

Andrew Ruckteschler, of Winnemucca, was elected G.H.P. 

The Order of High Priesthood met. 

The Memorial page was devoted to the portrait of William 
Sutherland, P.G.H.P., who was born in Quebec in 1849. 

Charles L. Fulstone is the Grand Representative of Canada, 
and John F. Marr is Grand Representative of Nevada with us. 


Frank E. Brooks, Grand High Priest. 

Harry M. Cheney, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Sixteenth Annual was held in Con- 
cord, May 14. 1935. Ten Past Grand High Priests strength- 
ened the Grand East. 

Arthur M. Dunstan duly represented Canada. 

Visitors and a distinguished guest from Maine were 

From the G.H.P. 's address and correspondence embraced 
therein, we take the following : — 

"We find that many of the problems that we hoped to solve are still 
in evidence. 

"The 'Grand Chapter Officers have worked together in close harmony 
and with definite objectives in view. 

"Three hours and then normally to our homes without any definite 
contact until another year rolls by. Your grand officers carry on indi- 
vidually their respective duties, without much opportunity to make any 
concerted effort to solve or assist the Chapters in their various problems. 
This year, with the consent and co-operation of the officers actively en- 
gaged in contacting the Chapters, we have changed this condition. Meet- 
ings were arranged approximately every two months. The results were 
gratifying. The iGrand Chapter ceased to be a one-man affair. We had 
the benefit of the knowledge and experience of this larger group of Com- 
panions. We became intimately acquainted with each other and the in- 
terest in our work was intensified. 

We feel that co-operation between Chapters will work to the benefit 
of all concerned. 

"A rehearsal, in conjunction with some other feature such as a speaker 
or some form of entertainment would be of interest. 

"Build up the interest and quality of the rendition of the ritual work 
with some system of holding periodic meetings. 

"Officers of Chapters complain of club activities cutting into attend- 
ance of meetings. 

"To put it another way, if they were sufficiently interested in their 
Chapter to sacrifice two or four dollars a year from their movie expenses 
or any of the other forms of entertainment that we all indulge in. 

"Remitting dues is a nice, easy way out that is becoming quite popular 
in lieu of the harder but better way of separating the unfortunate from 
those who should be able to stand on their own feet. 


"Giving Masonry away free of charge comes in the same category as 
rendering ineffectual and sloppy ritualistic work. 

"We suggest that they never allow Chapter Masonry to become merely 
a stepping stone to be hurried through and taken lightly to arrive at some 
other destination. 

"We feel that it would be beneficial to all concerned to have one 
Chapter be the guest of the Grand Chapter and participate in the opening 
ceremonies or possibly to exemplify a degree at the afternoon session. 
This would give the opportunity for all the officers of one Chapter a year 
to attend the convocation of the Grand Chapter." 

The G.H.P. described his pleasant visits with outside Juris- 
dictions, including Quebec. All the Officers of Grand Chapter 
made similar Reports of their Stewardships during the year. 

Membership 4,405. Decrease 237. 

This expression of appreciation is recorded: — 

"It was announced that the Grand Secretary had spent much of his 
time during the past year in preparing a manuscript that presented the 
origins of Chapters, Councils, Commanderies, and bodies of the Scottish 
Rite, in New Hampshire, which now seems likely to be published." 

Frand Norris Graves was elected G.H.P. 

M.E. Comp. Walter H. Davis, of Hamilton, is the Grand 
Representative of New Hampshire. 

This Jurisdiction still keeps the honoured name of Henry 
T. Smith as our Grand Secretary, to which no doubt our own 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith makes no personal objection. 

A full meeting of Anointed Grand High Priesthood is re- 


Donald J. Sargent, Grand High Priest 

Charles D. McCracken, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-ninth Annual was (held in Trenton, N.J., May 
15, 1935. 

The invocation of Grand Chaplain Naylor was worthy. 

Eleven Past Grand High Priests were honoured in the East. 

Canada was duly represented by our ever faithful Godfrey 

Distinguished visitors from West Virginia, Quebec, Dela- 
ware, District of Columbia, Vermont, Rhode Island, Virginia, 
Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, with the 
Grand Master, were welcomed to this very hispitable centre, 
of which this Reviewer has many kindly remembrances. 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following: — 

"We appreciate the real worth of our Companions in whose honour we 
pay this tribute of affection and esteem. They have entered into the rest 
that remaineth for the people of Gcd, and their works do follow them. 


"I shall give a brief account of my stewardship which, always avoid- 
ing the spectacular, devoted in the main, to reconstruction:, and to quietly 
replacing the jarred and loosened stones of the structure, even to the 
Foundation ;Stones. 

"In its wisdom, Grand Chapter discontinued the Good and Welfare 
Committee, thus smothering the only organized activity on the part of 
Grand Chapter to assist our Chapers in solving their problems and edu- 
cate our membership in the great principles of our Order and the won- 
derful lessons it teaches. 

"Knowledge and understanding is the crying need of civilization in 
this day. 

"This circular bore the names of the High Priests and a Past, High 
Priest of the District served by the District Deputy, whose name was 
advanced and as I considered the District Deputy Grand High Priest 
derelict in his duties in permitting this grave breach of Masonic law and 
procedure, I immediately removed him from office." 

The G.H.P. speaks of his visit to Canada, and of the Travel- 
ing Keystone, an appealing messenger of the spirit of the 
Royal Craft. 

Membership 14,894. Net loss 1,244 

From the Report on Grand Officers the following: — 

"Some of our griefs we have cured, 

And the sharpest, we still have survived, 
But what torments of grief we've endured, 
From the evils that never arrived." 

The Report on Necrology closes with this verse: — 

"Beautiful life is that whose span 
Is spent in duty to God and Man ; 
Beautiful calm when course is run; 
Beautiful twilight at the set of sun; 
Beautiful death with a life well done." 

John G. Crawford was elected G.H.P. and addressed Grand 
Chanter: — 

"I have requested the privilege of addressing a few remarks to you at 
this time because I have noticed after the election is over a large ma- 
jority of the Companions leave and the new High Priest is unable to 
state his plans and ideas to a large number of the members and the next 
year, whom he reads his message it isi a swan song. I do not think my 
suggestions are so extensive or different, but just that I want to get them 
over to you. 

"My slogan this year is going to be 'Help build up your home Chapter.' 

"I sometimes think our system is wrong and Companion should be re- 
warded for the attention they give to their own and other Chapters, 
rather than appearing here and then forgetting Royal Arch Masonry for 
a year. 

"I shall endeavour to leave the Companions who are not Right Ex. as 
Grand Representatives so they can retain the title, and placing the Com- 
panions who are Right Ex. I may say double as a committee. In this 
way more Companions are given honours, more Chapters can be repre- 
sented in Grand Chapter and create more interest for our slogan." 


255 Companions died during the year and of them this 
memorial tribute: — 

"Gentle the words they said, brightening the path we tread, 
Blest are the hallowed dead — why do we mourn?" 

M.E. Comp. Kenneth J. Dunstan is the Grand Representa- 
tive of New Jersey. 

Richard C. Woodward presided over the Convention of 
Anointed High Priests. The Degree was conferred on this 
Reviewer in Trenton. 

First Grand Z. O'Neill, of Quebec, was received and 
Anointed at this annual meeting. 

David McGregor has the outspoken urge and thus expresses 
it in his Introduction to the Review of Sister Grand 
Chapters : — 

"The net loss in membership in the U.S.A. for 1933-34 was 8,526 in 
excess of the losses of the previous year, being an increase of from 6.3 to 
9 per cent, of the membership. 

"Tabulating the net losses for the last seven years we find they amount 
to the staggering total of 260,160. 

"The Southern States have suffered the most, twelve of them showing 
a loss of 81,514 or 46.8 per cent, during that period. 

"The Companions of Utah are the first in several years to show an 
actual net increase in membership. 

"It is of interest to note that the percentage of net losses sustained 
by our Sister Grand Chapters in Canada and Australia are a little over 
one-half of that of the United States. This may partly be accounted for 
by their having been more conservative in their exaltations during the 
years of abnormal prosperity. 

"Approximately one-third of the total number of Grand Representa- 
tives was missing. 

"I ask you all by your individual and collective vision to look to the 
future with Faith, Courage and Determination. 

"Our work ahead demands deliberation coupled with optimism con- 
structively displayed. 

"Companions, Forward and Onward." 

We quote from Arizona Review : — 

"There is a wide-spread feeling that the purely mechanical work of 
maintaining a number of separate Masonic organizations, with their 
problems of maintaining interest, securing members, and raising finances, 
is detracting from our purely Masonic effort . . . leaving little, if 
any, time to give to the study and reflection which true Masonry 

From the California Review the following: — 

"At the most only a small percentage have the opportunity of seeing 
or reading the Proceedings as a whole, but these few are the vitally 
interested ones, the officers past and present, who are no doubt as anxious 
to know how the companions in other jurisdictions are faring, and what 
they are doing to keep things going, in these times of stress, as they are 
to learn how sumptuously the Grand Lodge Officers had been treated in 
their visitations with '6.30 dinners' of steak, chicken, venison, etc. 


"We are a national and in a fuller sense an internatioal body, and it 
is a long step backward to limit our outlook by our own State lines, and 
sacrifice this hitherto important feature for the sake of a saving of less 
than two per cent." 

From Illinois this; ideal : — 

"To help men build and measure up to life's highest and best, is a 
task worthwhile. For this Masonry exists . . . 

A little touch of irony under Maine : — 

"No Schools of Instruction were held since none were requested, and 
the Grand Lecturer expressed his thanks to the Grand High Priest 'for 
the appointment which during the year has called for no particular 

Nebraska gives this opportunity : — 

"A proposal to limit membership in the Chapters to those who were 
members of a Blue Lodge under one of the Masonic Jurisdictions of the 
United States was disapproved, and that rightly, on the ground that it 
would result in general bad feeling and general reprisals, possibly even 
the severing of friendly relations with the rest of the world." 

Under Canadian and Overseas Grand Chapters this intro- 
duction : — ■ 

"With the exception of Nova Scotia, which has Prince Edward Island 
under its jurisdiction, the title of the three leading officers of the Grand 
Chapters in the Canadian Provinces and those overseas are different from 
those in the United (States. 

"The 'Grand High Priest is known as Grand First Principal or Grand 
Z. ; the Grand King is known as Grand Second Principal or Grand H., 
and the Grand Scribe is known as the Grand Third Principal or Grand J. 
Nova Scotia uses the nomenclature in use in the United States." 

Canada at Kitchener is briefly reviewed, our colleague 
saying: — 

"The death of Past 'Grand Z. Malone is noted and the fact recorded 
that he had installed the officers of his Mother Lodge for the 48th time 
shortly before his decease. 

"The name 'Grand 'Chapter of Canada,' which is at the present time 
virtually a misnomer, since the other Provinces that were originally under 
its Jurisdiction have established Grand Chapters of their own, each 
bearing the name of the Province they represent. It is therefore no 
longer the Grand Chapter of Canada, but of the Province of Ontario." 

"Amusement and entertainment are in demand. 

"To the credit of this Grand Chapter be it said that it donated $2,540 
toward the relief of widows and indigent Companions.." 

Under Victoria the following: — 

"Installed for the fourth time in office. 'Having found a good leader 
they stick to him.' " 

From one of the Scottish speeches the following : — 
"Comp. J. A. Grantham, M.E.Z., of Tangier, in proposing the toast 
to 'The Grand Chapter of Scotland,' described himself as a 'Synthetic 
Scottish Mason/ being an Englishman by birth and at the time High 
Priest of a Chapter under the Scottish Constitution. 

"Lord Cassilis at General Grand Chapter Convocation at Washington was 
struck with the spirit of friendship and brotherliness which prevailed." 



Albert Chandler, Grand First Principal. 

F. R. Sinden, Grand Scribe E. 

J. H. Sinfield, Grand Inspector of Workings. 

The Supreme Grand Chapter was inaugurated 30th Sep- 
tember, 1889. 

Quarterly Convocation was held at Castlereagh Street, 
Sydney, 14th February, 1934. 

In the address of the Grand First Principal we read : — 

"The suggestion that the policy of this Supreme Grand Chapter 
appears to be that 'Might is Right/ and elaborating what is thereby 
intended to be conveyed by instancing the atrocious conduct of Germany 
in causing the Great War, is surely most ineptly made." 

More correspondence with Scotland is printed and they 
still write about the long wished for union. 

He says that they are the poorer by the passing of many 
distinguished Companions. 

The Grand Inspector of Workings urged upon all Chapters 
the necessity of holding rehearsals between the conferring of 
Degrees so as to impress solemnity and dignity. 

Quarterly Convocation 9th May, 1934. Five M. Ex. Com- 
panions present and Canada was duly represented by Comp. 
14. B. Mathews. 

A letter from the Grand Chapter of Canada is ac- 

R. B. Dargavel was issued his commission as Grand Repre- 
sentative of New South Wales. 

Regarding a meeting on the 26th of April, 1934, we read 
with sympathetic interest: — 

"Unfortunately, it was a bitterly cold night, and, in consequence, the 
attendance of Companions was somewhat marred." 

Quarterly Convocation 8th August, 1934. 
The following is impressively put by the Grand First 
Principal in reference to the issuing of new Rituals: — 

"In the new issue of our ritual on the opening page are these words, 
'Issued on express condition that it is not to be used in the Chapter.' I 
need not stress this matter as I am sure that it only requires attention 
to be directed to it to insure that steps will be taken to remedy the defect." 

Quarterly Convocation 14th November, 1934. 

Seven M. Ex. Companions were present. 

Many apologies for non-attendance were received, a 
courtesy never neglected in Australasian Jurisdictions. 

The Grand First Principal says that Masonry appears to 
be "gathering up its strength". 


M. Ex. Comp. H. B. Mathews, Canada's Grand Repre- 
sentative, was elected Grand First Principal. 

A special Convocation was held in Sydney, 7th December, 
1934, eleven M. Excellents being present. This was the Forty- 
fifth Annual Installation and Convocation. 
The Grand First Principal said :— 

"All Chapters in the jurisdiction have been visited — in all, 281 visits 
were made — which necessitated over 63,000 miles of travelling. 

"The District Grand Chapter declined to take a referendum; conse- 
quently the position regarding a union of the Royal Arch bodies is still 
at a dead end. 

"The work of guiding this Supreme Degree of the Royal Arch in its 
beautiful character is a big one. 'It is no sinecure', he adds." 

Membership 3,118. Net loss 66. Total Chapters 76. 
F. H. Farrar is Chairman of the Committee on Fraternal 
Correspondence, who say in their Foreword : — 

"The following pages are the results of that patient perusal of those 
Proceedings which have been placed before us. We hope our work may 
be found helpful. 

"Losses may, in effect, be actual gains. For is it not better to have 
a restricted number who rightly understand and can assimilate the rich 
truths symbolised in the beautiful Royal Arch Degree than to have large 
numbers who do not. 

"Increase and quicken their interest. Certain losses come from the 
ranks of those who have lost interest; therefore, educational activities 
may be viewed in the light of an insurance scheme. 

"The strength of our position is unassailable, and we go forward with 
love and courage to the work ahead as an accredited member of the world- 
wide family of sovereign Royal Arch bodies." 

Under the Review of Alberta we read : — 

"The supreme honour of 'Capitular Masonry in Alberta is given to 
men whose mental qualities, upright character and moral worth fit them 
to use the gift in the service of mankind and to the glory of the Order, 
based firmly on a foundation of human brotherhood and Divine love." 

Canada at Brockville is well reviewed. We make the fol- 
lowing extracts and thank our colleague for his kind words: — 

"The Masonic Temple was the pride of the citizens. Brockville was 
the centre of historic interest, civically, clerically and Masonically. 

"20 long service jewels were presented to a number of old Masons — 
quite a gesture of love and esteem." 

N.S.W. puts its case thus : — 

"The local District Chapter of Scotland failed to submit the agreement 
entered into to a referendum. We ask why, and Echo answers — Was it 
because a few leaders discovered that the said referendum would be 
carried? Again, during the period covered by these 'proceedings the 
opening of new Chapters by Scotland would cease. This compact was 
flagrantly disregarded. It was not till then that New South Wales severed 
friendly relations with Scotland, and made an appeal to the 60 odd R.A. 
jurisdictions for active and practical sympathy. Apparently the misre- 
presentations of (Scotland have swayed Canada in her favour. When, oh, 
when will this unpleasant situation end? It began in 1889. 


The G.H.P. concludes his address thus: — 

"May those roses be unencumbered with thorns which might in the 
future cause dissent and disagreement among you." 

Of Companion Gardiner's Report this worthy ap- 
preciation : — 

"This report is good reading. He quotes John Oxenham on advantages 
of the 'Sweets of Adversity,' and sums up the condition by — 'All's well, 
God's in His Heaven.' This report is informative in its subject matter, 
friendly in its criticism, and constructive in its suggestions. 

"Previously the Fraternal Correspondence Report was published as a 
separate volume. Now it is incorporated with the general Report of 
Proceedings. As usual, it is prepared by the incomparable King of the 
Knights of the Round Table. We have always admired these Reports of 

His excerpts from the several Proceedings that he has reviewed are 
full of meat, and indicate a wise selection." 

The Review of Delaware is excellent. From it we make the 
following excerpts : — 

"The Committee on Memorials has the following appropriate lines: — 
"They were our Companions. 
Short days ago we gave them speech, 
We heard their voices, 
Walked with them in busy streets; 
Mayhap, like us, they had their faults; 
Mayhap, like us, they erred; 
If so, we do not now remember. 
We only call to mind 
That they were just and true and kind. 
They were our Companions." 

"The importance of any Masonic Review is, in this Scribe's humble 
opinion, the Fraternal Correspondence section. Usually relegated to the 
back of the Report, it nevertheless provides mental pabulum of highest 
nutritive quality, and tends to broaden those who diligently study the 
pages devoted to the printing of this Report. Here we find such an one. 
brief and concise, yet pithy and informative. 

" 'I think it shows you what we ought to be striving for— the essential 

unity of the whole human race.' Chaste and commendable words. Oh! 

that the Earl would practise this in his Grand Chapter's dealings with 

the sorry position of Capitular Freemasonry in New South Wales!" 

This from the able Review of the District of Columbia: — 

"The mission of Masonry is to the individual — its contribution to the 
world's good is made by masonically influenced men. 

" 'Masonry's work is the proper presentation of its truths to those who 
seek them — however small the number. The transmutation into the 
general good is in the hands of God.' A remarkable and semi-philosophical 

We read under England : — 

"Pro First Grand Principal congratulates the members on the courtesy 
they had displayed and the zeal for Royal Arch Freemasonry which had 
brought them, was warmly appreciated. The absentees were ^composed 
of those abroad, or prevented by illness. Surely a fine record." 


This from the Review >of Louisiana is interesting: — 

"Surely, Companion, you did not think America possesses all the in- 
tellectual and review capabilities? The youngest of the continents, Aus- 
tralia still boasts of a few excellencies, if they be only 'our Bradman,' 
"our Harbour,' and 'our Bridge.' In other words, excellence in sport, in 
natural beauty and engineering skill. To these we would add excellence 
in learning." 

Scotland's invasion of America is spoken of under the 
Review of Massachusetts, and we reproduce from the Review 
of Michigan the following: — 

"Master, I've filled my contract, wrought in Thy many lands: 
Not by my sins wilt Thou judge me ; but by the work of my hands. 
Master, I've done Thy bidding, and the light is low in the West, 
And the long, long shift is over — Master, I've earned it — Rest." 


Adrian A. Pierson, Grand High Priest. 

Charles C. Hunt, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Annual Convocation 
convened in Albany, February 5, 1935. 

Fourteen Past Grand High Priests were honoured in the 

Edward F. Rolle, an outstanding and royal man and Mason, 
faithfully represented Canada. 

Chaplain Broughton delivered the invocation: — 

"Grant to Thy humble servants that by Thy holy inspiration we may 
think those things that are good, and by Thy merciful guidance may 
perform the same. 

"Trust in Thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; in- 
crease and multiply upon us Thy mercy, that, Thou being our ruler and 
guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not 
the things eternal." 

Total in attendance numbered 525. 

In welcoming the Grand Representatives the G.H.P. said : — 

"You extend to the outer court of the Tabernacle. I know I can say 
this, that I have never seen more Grand Representatives than are in 
attendance this morning. I commend you for your zealous work and for 
your fidelity." 

Introduced by C. Tracey Sta gg, Charles H. Johnson, G. L. 
Grand Secretary, was welcomed. 

Distinguished visitors from Quebec, Delaware, District of 
Columbia, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, Connecticut, 
Rhode Island, Virginia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania were 
welcomed to this old and hospitable centre. 

The G.H.P., when iM. E. Henry DeWitt Hamilton had been 
escorted to the dais, spoke on his scholarly attributes and 


wisdom and of his many activities. In his response Companion 
Hamilton ,said : — ■ 

"Perhaps a fault of Masonry is an excess of conservatism. Yet that 
fault is less harmful than an excess of zeal. So far as the spirit and the 
structure of Masonry are concerned, the less we change the better. 

"The things which they left behind them have preserved the atmos- 
phere — I mean the Masonic air — of this Grand Chapter, which remains, 
as it has always been, a Senate of Masonry, a most dignified and high- 
minded body of Masons." 

Grand Secretary Johnson said : — 

"We cannot withdraw our interest in one without harm to the other. 
I would urge that while you have this great interest in your Chapter 
(and I am also interested in the Chapter) that we see to it that the 
source, namely, the Lodge, is not too much neglected. 

"It requires that the captains of the various ships of Masonry, the 
commanders-in-chief of the various organizations, must keep a very level 

"I ask of you, while you have your interest in the Grand Chapter and 
local Chapter, that you do not forget to give help to the organization that 
needs you so much, namely, your own local Lodge." 

The G.H.P. in his address spoke words of wisdom : — 

"May each one of us who participate in these deliberations find food 
for thought and something which he may take away with him to serve 
as inspiration. 

"Mourn the passing of Companions who have 'presided over and 
governed the Chapter with fidelity, officiated in the Tabernacle, read and 
expounded the law to their Companions and offered up the incense of a 
pure and contrite heart to the Great I am.' 

"In one particular instance 'Up iState' an association was formed 
under the name of 'The Triangle Club! 

"We have much to justify our existence, and of real value and ser- 
vice to mankind, if we only 'apply our hearts unto wisdom.' 

"If we cannot endure the test and emerge victorious, we are not 
worthy of the heritage which has been handed down to us by our 
Masonic forbears. 

"One of the acts which any Chapter should zealously try to oo is to 
welcome the strange Companion, who is temporarily sojourning in the 

"We are apt to forget that Masonry is still a vital force and is quietly 
and unostentatiously performing its part in bettering mankind, as it 
always has. 

"While I appreciate that without vision much will be lost, yet I be- 
lieve that the Brother can become a good Companion, and certainlv the 
service which he has rendered to his country and the physical disability 
resultino- from that service, I believe, entitle him to the benefits of full 
membership in our Order. 

"M?.y we bring to light 'valuable treasures' which may have lain buried 
in th° darkness beneath our very feet." 

He spoke of Tuberculosis relief as a "noble humanitarian 


A word of admonition among his decisions: — 
"May I stronglv emphasize and point out the moral that the Com- 
panions of every Constituent Chapter should see to it that their Officers 


are in good standing in the Symbolic Lodge and 'clear on the books' of 
the Chapter. 

"Masonry already is considered by many as 'top heavy' from too many 
collateral branches having been added to the system. 

"Charter in the Chapter room is mot necessary providing it is in the 
custody of the High Priest and he knows where it is." We rule otherwise ! 

"I received a letter from the Secretary of Elmira Chapter, asking 
if he might use a loose leaf book for the minutes of the Chapter. 

" I disapproved of the use of such a book as requested." 

From his conclusion the following: — 

"Among those who faithfully labour year after year to promote the 
best interests of Capitular Masonry and whose labours receive inadequate 
comment, is the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence. 
One of the most valuable parts of our Proceedings is the report of this 
Committee printed in our Annual. 

"It is true that the student of Capitular Masonry peruses these pages 
with interest. They should be read by every High Priest and Companion 
in this Grand Jurisdiction. 

"George E. Briggs brings to this task a scholarly and trained mind, 
and I personally know that his reports are eagerly looked forward to 
with interest by every Grand Jurisdiction which receives them. I feel 
that this Grand Chapter has reason to be proud and grateful for the 

Membership 50,508. Net decrease 5,841. Better luck next 
year ! 

The Memorials to the Dead were presented by Chaplain 
Broughton <and from his admirable Report we take the 
following : — 

"No supreme artist ever reached the climax of his power until there 
was added the final touch of poignancy from the personal experience of 
grief. Tribulation, as the etymology of the word suggests, is 'threshing,' 
and some fine grain of the spirit, in great music, great poetry, great art, 
as well as great character, would have been impossible without that pain- 
ful experience. 

"It is not death to die, 

To leave this weary road, 

And midst the brotherhood on high, 

To be at home with God. 

"Listen to what Cardinal Mercier had to say: 'Suffering accepted and 
vanquished will give you a serenity which may well prove the most ex- 
quisite fruit of your life.' 

"The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and there shall 
no torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die 
. . . . but they are in peace. For God proved them, and found them 

Frank E. Woodruff was elected G.H.P. 

Charles W. Haentschel, of Haileybury, is the Grand Repre- 
sentative of New York. 

Again the star of Peekskill in the person of our friend and 
colleague, George E. Briggs, shines brilliantly in the Foreign 


Correspondence with felicity and grace. From his striking 
introduction we take the following : — 

"Time rolls his ceaseless course. 

"Another year hath gone and added to your age? 
Nay, 'tis not so, my friend — you've turned another page 
In Life's great story book, and now before your eyes 
Another chapter lies, 

To tell us all alike, the patriarch and youth, 
How run the blessed paths that lead us on to truth! 

"We have enjoyed this eighth trip as we have the previous ones, 
gathering facts, figures and fancies as we have journeyed from State to 
State and in domains abroad. 

"A perusal of the addresses of the Grand High Priests has furnished 
us not only with information but much delightful reading and inspiration. 

"There was one bright spot in the leaden sky. Utah, in its 1934 re- 
port, showed a net gain of forty — most heartening. 

" 'James' instead of 'Janes.' It is an old saying that fame consisted 
of either being killed in battle or having one's name spelled incorrectly 
in the newspapers. Assuming that, in this case, Grand Chapter Pro- 
ceedings are in( the same category with newspapers, we opine that our 
popular 'Bob' has become famous. 

"Criticism, not carping but constructive, is always in order. 

"It may be noted that in the following pages there is an entire absence 
of quotations in Latin and French which have characterized these offer- 
ings for some three years. We had quite a kick out of them but some 
of our contemporaries made a lot of fun and furnished 'comebacks,' conse- 
quently 'we quit.' 

"Let us leave a parting thought gleaned from another volume: 

"The woof and warp of Masonic fabric are the brothers on the side 
lines. Designs in the tapestry may be conceived by a few leaders, but 
the weaving is in the hands of the rank and file." 

This from Alabama Review: — 

"Evidently referring to the Scotland-New South Wales controversy. 

"We believe it is in Coriolanus, Act II, Scene I, we find this: 

"You who wear out a good wholesome forenoon in hearing a cause 
between an orange-wife and a f osset-seller ; and then rejourn the con- 
troversy of three pence to a second day of audience." 

In each Review is a poetic gem, an anthology which makes 
one wish for more. This from British Columbia : — 

"With Canada's marvelous production of paper it seemed there ought 
to have been a few sheets of parchment somewhere around the Dominion. 
"Swinburne wrote: 

"I shall remember while the light lives yet 
And in the night time I shall not forget." 

From California: — 

"May we quote William Watson in his 'Tribute to Matthew 

" 'He set his heart upon the goal. 
Not on the prize.' 

"We have heard and read the word 'depression' so often it was nega- 
tively refreshing when he said 'Compression has been necessary.' Quoted: 


'We have continued to act on the belief that what has been done is even 
more important than what has been said . . . Gleams of hope, faith 
and a will to serve, seem to portend another day. Already the call to 
labour is being heralded. It is time to cease idling. Hasten into the 
quarries, but be sure that you <put the mark of your very self on your 
work.' " 

Canada at Brockville is well reviewed. He makes the fol- 
lowing comments and judgments: — 

"A perusal of them really gave one a vivid picture of the activities 
and condition of all the constituent units." 

"The 'Committee on Pictorial History, covering the matter up to date. 

We blush with pleasure as we read : — 

"The reviews were again from the pen of the eminent, incomparable, 
matchless, peerless, transcendent reviewer of all reviewers, well known 
in our State for his many visits to our Grand Chapter meetings. 

"He does what no other Correspondent attempts. He furnishes a 
'Topical and Analytical Index' under letters of the alphabet, which oc- 
cupies four pages, beginning under 'A' with Asleep — Awake — .South 
Carolina, and concluding with 'Y' — Youth — Tennessee, 1932, Mas- 
sachusetts. We often wondered where under the sun this gracious Com- 
panion found time to write these many marvelous reviews." 

From the Delaware Review: — 

"Herbert, in 'Jacula Prudentum,' wrote, 'That is gold which is worth 

This under Mark Masters of England : — 
"Kipling wrote: 

"Winds of the World, give answer! They are 
whimpering to and fro, 
And what should they know of England who only 
England know?" 

From way down south in Kentucky: — 

"In 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Act V, Scene 1, you will find: 
"But greatly to find quarrel in a straw 
When honour's at the stake." 
This under Nova Scotia Review : — 

"It was Mazzini, in 'Life and Writings,' who said, 'Every mission con- 
stitutes a pledge of duty. Every man is bound to consecrate his every 
faculty to its fulfillment. He will derive his rule of action from the pro- 
found conviction of that duty.' " 
A gem from Wisconsin : — ■ 

"J. G. Saxe said, 'Long pains are light ones, cruel ones are brief.' " 
New York's Correspondence is a treasure house. 
Grand Chaplain Broughton delivered a splendid address, 
the subject this time being "The Fine Art of Being a Helper". 

"The sixth verse these words recorded: 'They cut off his thumbs.' It 
has reference to the punishment meted out. It appears to me that there 
are two great lessons in that little act when we come to think about it: 
The importance of insignificance and the insignificance of importance. 
What is the thumb? It is simply a 'helper,' a power all its own. Further- 


more, it is the only instance in the human body where the joints are so 
saddle-formed as to enable the member to move in all directions, thus 
bringing it opposite each finger when required. 

" 'I am the brother of Charles Spurgeon. I am his assistant, and I 
rejoice to be just that and nothing more; for long ago I learned that when 
two people ride on horseback, one of them must ride behind.' Wise man 
that! What James Spurgeon may have contributed to the success of 
his brother Charles who cam tell? We need the appli cation of this in 
the fraternity. More Companions on the 'side lines' realizing their im- 
portance to the success of the Chapter. Too much cannot be left to the 
officers of our bodies. No preacher ever yet succeeded grandly in his 
work except him who (had learned to appreciate and to use his 'thumbs.' 
And what shall we say of our organization? No high Priest ever suc- 
ceeded in the conduct of a Chapter who had not learned to value the 
contribution made to the organization by the subordinate officers and the 
Companions on the 'side lines.' What would your leadership of the 
Chapter be worth to-day if your 'thumbs' had been cut off? 

There is a strange analogy in this, to the etymology of poltroon. 
Look it up, Comp. Broughton! 

"What was the secret of the success of those builders? We find that 
secret in Nehemiah's description of the work: 'So built we the wall; and 
all the wall was joined together ; for the people had a mind to work.' 

"And there must also be 'a place for everybody.' As the prophet said 
of the builders, 'Everyone built over against his own house.' And so their 
task was successfully completed. A careful division of the labour and an 
efficient organization of the labourers is the secret of success. 

"Capitular Masonry must be able to put all in its 'vineyard' at work. 

"The friendly Chapter makes the stronger Chapter. People always 
like to go where 'Love lights the fires'. 

"Boost for every forward movement, 
Boost for every new improvement 
Boost the man for whom you labour, 
Boost the stranger and the neighbour. 
Cease to be a chronic knocker, 
Cease to be a progress blocker, 
If you'd make your Chapter better 
Boost it to the final letter." 
We greet our neighbours ! 


J. McAllister, Grand Z. 
C. W. Nielsen, Grand Scribe E. 

The Forty-third Annual Convocation was held in Welling- 
ton 20th March, 1935. 

Seven Past First Grand Principals were honoured. 
The valedictory of the First Grand Principal gives food for 
thought. We quote : — 

"Determined, honest, level-headed, just, 
Who broke no promise nor betrayed a trust. 
His genial face with courtly kindness beamed — 
By friends beloved, by all the world esteemed. 


"We are too apt to accept services such as have been rendered by the 
Chairman of Sup. Com., and in almost equal degree by the other mem- 
bers of the committee, as a matter of course. 

"We walk the path the great have trod ; 
The great in heart, the great in mind, 
Who looked through Masonry to God, 
And looked through God to all mankind, 
Found more than word or sign or grip, 
Found man's and God's relationship." 

J. Rod, of Wellington, was elected First Grand Principal Z. 
The Supreme Committee in the Memorial part of their 
Report write : — 

"To the relatives, sympathy. 

"Time goes, you say? Ah, no! 
Alas ! time stays, we go." 

They report a forward movement rather than a further 
retrograde tendency. 

The rank of Past Second Grand Principal was conferred 
on the Past Grand Treasurer, Honoris Causa. 

The Reports concluded : — 

"Supreme Committee, by having such an experienced companion in 
the office of Grand Scribe E., was well and most happily served. 

"Working together for good, may we so build that, come what may, 
trial or adversity, the product of our umited endeavours will stand firm, 
even as a house built upon the firm foundation of a rock." 

The Supreme Committee urged all Chapters to take all 
possible steps to persuade unattached Companions to join ; and 
to persuade Companions living in places where they cannot 
attend their own Chapters joining Chapters that they can 
attend, at a nominal fee. 

A long discussion took place with regard to the Cryptic 
Degrees, of which we can only make a few quotations: — 

"In seconding, pro forma, M.E. Comp. Russell considered that Supreme 
Committee had erred in introducing the proposal, and they were getting 
away from the spirit of R.A. Masonry. As a Grand Chapter their 
principal object should be to make R.A. Masons, and make them efficient. 
There were plenty of other avenues. 

"They had been told that they were good for intellectual food, and he 
asked whether the degrees at present specified did not provide good 
intellectual food? It could not be established that these side degrees 
offered any intellectual food they had not already got. 

"Another speaker regretted that we had heard nothing about the 
beauty of the cryptic degrees, and the way they simplified the Royal 
Arch story. The ballot resulted in 138 votes being recorded against the 
motion, and 137 for. The motion was declared to be negatived by 1 vote." 

The Installation was carried out with sound of trumpet and 


The First Grand Principal's inaugural address was excel- 
lent. We quote: — 

"Masonic giants laid the foundations of this Institution some 43 years 
ago. They laid them securely. The principles of our Order — Truth, 
Honour, and Virtue. Truth is not a gift, it is a trophy, to know it we 
must be true, to find it we must seek it, to learn it we must be humble, 
and to keep it we must have a clear mind, a courageous heart and brother- 
ly love to use it for the benefit of our fellow companions. 

"Truth admits no compromise, it is a conviction of right. 

"We speak of reputation and character. Reputation is what we are 
behind the footlights, but character plays a very important part in our 
individual and social lives, to build up a noble character by prudent and 
well-regulated course of discipline, it takes courage to do the right things 
when you know it is in opposition to others. The world to-day is a 
jungle, we are ruled by fear. Nations and individuals fear each other. 
Self has become life's potent factor. This is retrogression!, it takes us 
back to pre-civilized times. 

"The voice of Conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle, but it 
is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it. There never would 
be any photographs unless there were shadow and light. So we need 
reverses in our lives to make us appreciate our blessings. One writer has 
said, 'I would rather have a plain coffin without a flower, and a funeral 
without eulogy, than a life without love or sympathy.' Let us then be un 
and doing. 

" 'Let us then be what we are, and speak what we think, and in all 
things keep ourselves loyal to truth, and the sacred professions of Friend- 
ship.' " 

Canada was duly represented by M. Ex. Comp. J. H. 

Membership 3,730. 

Dr. J. Austin Evans, of Toronto, strong in research, is the 
Grand Representative of New Zealand. 


Frederick J. Cummens, Grand High Priest. 

Walter L. Stockwell, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-sixth Convocation was held January 22, 1935. 

Nine Past Grand High Priests, all active in Grand Lodge 
affairs, received Grand Honours, as was most fitting. 

The Grand Principal Sojourner, a Justice of the Supreme 
Court, emphasized public duty. 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following: — 

"We of to-day must not abandon faith or lose hope. We must help 
rebuild our material and economic structure on a more enduring foun- 
dation. :In our political life we must strive to allay prejudice and strife. 
We must learn that it is our responsibility to support the government 
rather than be supported by it. We must have confidence that our Royal 
Craft still has much to contribute to the character, happiness, and higher 
life of men who will but learni its lessons. 


"We must hold our lines, redouble our efforts to create interest, and 
emphasize the social and educational side." 

North Dakota was represented at Saskatchewan 
We excerpt the following: — 

"There are so many things we can do if we set to work in real earnest. 
Results always come with well directed effort." 

He concludes thus: — ■ 

"To you, my Companions, there is but one order. It is FORWARD, 
never Retreat. Let us go forward with renewed vigour, more resolute 
courage, and entire faith in the future." 

Grand Secretary StockwelPs report, as usual, is full of 
important matter. We quote : — 

"There must of necessity be readjustments. We must admit that 
there are areas in North Dakota where we cannot hope to raise crops suc- 
cessfully year atfer year. We are grappling with these problems of soil 
and moisture, and we believe in the end we shall master at least som<? 
of the adverse conditions which have beset us so sorely in the recent past. 

"This spirit is most admirable but we cannot help feeling that it is 
doubtful wisdom to try to keep going if there is no prospect for the future. 
It is not sufficient simply to pay dues. We must do more than simply 
belong and maintain our organization, however worthy that may be. 

"As we view the present confusion our greatest need is sanity and 
some opportunity to relax the terrific nervous tension of the past few 

The Order of the Eastern Star was formally received. 

Grand Lecturer Murfin reported: — 

"Frankly, the lack of competent leadership m some of our chapters 
is such as to compel us to doubt if it is going to be possible to save them, 
and to question if, in one or two cases, it is really worth while." 

Comp. Guthrie introduced the Fraternal Correspondence as 
follows : — 

"In presenting a message that can be construed as a continuation of 
my long service as Fraternal 'Correspondent, my twentieth, I must ex- 
plain that I have refrained from making my usual survey. 

"Fortunately for me, my rabbit's foot has saved me in all conflicts 
from ill effects. 

"We can develop an enthusiasm that will prove our ability and con- 
fidence, wherever we may have contacts with our companions. " 

From the Report of the Committee on Necrology : — 

"Justice — Mercy — Righteousness. 

"We are certain that the life which is motivated by these three 
cardinal principles will be in tune with the Infinite, and will be dedicated 
more to 'giving' than to 'getting.' 

"Life is short at best. It is made up solely of 'to-days.' Let us use 
them — not waste them." 

The morning' after describes the Grand Chapter dinner of 
the evening before : — ■ 

"Companion Arvold had arranged for the first course to be served in 
the smaller room of the Cabin and then each man was passed through 
the 'make up' room and emerged with a 'transformation' quite remark- 
able. It must have been seen to be appreciated." 


The Grand Z. of Manitoba was received. 

Albert G. Johnson was elected G.H.P. 

Membership 2,640. Decrease 262. 

Canada's Grand Representative, George H. Keyes, did not 

North Dakota is honoured by having as its Grand Repre- 
sentative with us, our Grand Z. himself, M. Ex. Companion 
George L. Gardiner, an outstanding man and Mason. 

The annual concourse of the Circle of Elders was held 
Robert Archer Woods and J. Fred Dart were received 

North Dakota is great on Circles. In the Nineteenth An- 
nual Assembly of Royal and Select Masters we read : — 

"At the close of this degree the Circle of Friendship was formed with 

"The address of M. P. Companion Robert A. Woods was the mail; 
feature of this occasion." 

We quote from his address : — 

" 'What of the Hour?' This is the question that is uppermost in the 
hearts of all who are anywise interested or concerned in this particular 
field of Masonry. 

"But inasmuch as we recovered most gloriously from that early period 
-of darkness, and from later periods of like but lesser evils, let us take 
courage and do our part towards a speedy recovery from the ills that 
now beset us. 

"If we do not strive thus to build we are Masons only in name. 

"Cryptic Masonry can be painted in glorious and oriental colours, but 
however beautiful the design, it will not grow of itself. Hard work is 
the condition whereby we bring anything to a consummation. " 


Henry Starr Theakston, Grand High Priest. 

Brenton F. Porter, Grand Secretary. 

Five Past Grand High Priests were honoured at the Sixty- 
sixth Annual which met at Lunenburg, 11th June, 1935. Nova 
Scotia has jurisdiction over Prince Edward Island and New- 
foundland, and follows the official nomenclature of officers of 
the United States' Jurisdictions, probably reflecting the con- 
tinuity of proximity. There was a movement some little time 
ago to change to the Canadian and British form. 

This telegram was sent by Grand Secretary Porter to Canon 
Shatford, then ill and since deceased. He is a loss to Masonry 
universal : — 

"Grand Chapter Nova Scotia send most affectionate and sympathetic 
greetings, sincerely regrets your absence and prays God for your speedy 

The G.H.P. said in his address: — 


"Changes in the personnel are ever recurring. Never twice does the 
record of those attending read the same. New faces appear, old friend? 
drop out of the picture. 

"I regret to have to state that some of our Chapters made no attempt 
to get together. Wheni Chapters ignore the mandate of Grand Chapter, 
the idea behind the Service, that the Companions all over the jurisdiction 
are engaged in the renewal of our vows at one and the same time, is 

"Presentations of necessary paraphernalia by members of the Chapters 
is highly to be commended. 

"Invitations were sent to >M. E. Comp. Canon iShatford, Past Gd. Z. 
of Quebec, and M. E. Comp. A. B. Andrews, Past Gd. H.P. of North 
Carolina to be with us. 

"It came to my knowledge that there are cases where the Chapters 
hold their Regular Convocations on the same nights as some of the Lodges 
in their territory hold their Communications, 

"It would seem that we have failed to impress the younger members 
with the beauty and merits of our Royal Craft. 

"When we separate we will go our various ways but I hope that for 
many years these ways will converge to the meeting place of Grand 
Chapter at its annual convocations. 

"We all have a road to take. 
That Road is the Road of Life. 
We each of us have a share of Joy 
And each a share of strife, 
But since all must travel that road. 
In sunny and stormy weather, 
We each may lighten each other's load 
If we pull along together." 

Membership 1,877. 

The Committee on Grand Superintendents , Reports said: — 

"It is to be hoped that this kindly meant, but we think necessary, 
criticism may help to inspire all who in future accept this responsible 
office with a determination to devote to the duties involved therewith, 
much interest and energy for the welfare of the Royal Craft." 

This Motion was carried: — 

"Any member of a Chapter who having been suspended from any 
Craft Lodge of which he is a member and who shall not fully reinstate 
himself as a member thereof within two years from such suspension, 
shall at the end of two years after such suspenion, stand suspended in 
all Chapters of which he is a member." 

George S. Wright, representing Canada, was received with 
other Grand Representatives at the Altar. 

Rev. Herbert Leonard Haslam was elected G.H.P. 

M. E .Comp. R. V. Harris was appointed Grand Archivist. 

These verses are interleaf ed: — 

"Dear friend, I pray thee, if thou would'st be proving 

Thy strong regard for me, 
Make me no vows. Lip serving is not living; 
Let thy faith speak for thee. 


"Swear not to me that nothing can divide us, 
So little such oaths mean, 
But when distrust and envy creep beside us, 
Let them not come between." 

In the In Memoriam pages we read this verse : — 

"Thy word is true, 
Thy Will is just; 
To Thee we leave them, 
Lord, in trust." 

M. E. Comp George Moore of Hamilton, ;an outstanding 
and upstanding Royal Arch Mason, is the Grand Representa- 
tiev of Nova Scotia. 

The tabular history of Chapters is very interesting. 

The Order of High Priesthood held their annual meeting, 
having been organized in 1870. 


Royal A. Walkup. Grand High Priest. 

Mont. C. Hambright, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Eighteenth Annual was held in 
Akron, September 19, 1934. 

No less than seventeen Past Grand High Priests, including: 
General G.H.P. O'Hara, were received and honoured. 

Grand Chaplain Fessenden offered the following invo- 
cation : — 

"Our Heavenly Father, author of our beings, keeper of our souls, 
counselor of our minds and abiding guest of our hearts, with united need 
and voice we lift our prayers to thee. As in the breasts of thine ancient 
prophets the fire once burned so may it burn to-day in the hearts of us 
their sons. Empower us to behold and choose that which is good, to 
recognize and turn from that which is evil. Enable us to be self-reliant 
without being self-sufficient, courageous without being boastful, efficient 
without being vainglorious, strong without being arrogant. In the fore- 
front of our vision hold thou, we beseech thee, the designs of thy king- 
dom. Vouchsafe unto us freedom from lethargy, from ordinariness, from 
laziness of mind and sluggishness of heart. Kindle fresh enthusiasm and 
quenchless yearnings. Increase our love for all its ways, its treasure? 
of light, its priceless heritage, its invaluable truths, its ennobling, re- 
creative fellowship ,its purifying influence." 

Distinguished guests from Canada (our own Alex. Cowan 
and Edwin Smith), from Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Jersey, 
New York, Iowa, Michigan, Virginia and General Grand Chap- 
ter were welcomed and honoured. 

Akron Chapter said in their welcoming address: — 

"Because we are a progressive city we have always kept pace with 
the affairs of Masonry, for Masonry and industry have a genuine re- 
lation to each other." 


We make the following excerpts from the business-like 
address of the G.H.P. :— 

"All of the statistics that will be presented at this meeting will be a 
review of the success or failure of the Constituent Chapters. Condensed 
into a consolidated return they represent our progress as a whole. 

"M.E. Companion Gruen was very courteously received and enter- 
tained by the good Companions of the Grand Chapter of Canada, and 
reported the visit as having been a most pleasant one. 

"The rank and file of our membership know entirely too little of what 
is being done by the Fraternity and for the Fraternity at the Masonic 
Home in iSpringfield, and would urge every Companion who has an 
opportunity to visit this institution and become better acquainted with it." 

He visited the Masonic Home and the "get-together" meet- 
ings, travelling in all 13,456 miles. 

A feeling reference is made to the death of the late Orion 
P. Sperra and to Robert E. Lee, Past Grand High Priests. The 
Grand Chaplain offered the prayer, from which we take the 
following: — . 

"Thou hast put foreveraess in our hearts. We dwell in time, but we 
live for eternity. We love in time, but we love for eternity. Thus to-day 
these departed Companions have not departed from our hearts, nor from 
the eternity of love. Help us, by thy grace to follow where these Com- 
panions have led, to profit by their wisdom, to emulate their skill, to match 
their devotion, to seize the tools from their inspired hands, to hear for 
always their ringing challenge in our souls, to finish and perfect their 

Necrologist Fessenden says of Comp. Sperra that "he 
pitched his tent toward Masonic perfection", and thus con- 
cludes: — 

"Death is only an old door 

Set in a garden wall. 
On gentle hinges it gives ,at dusk, 

When the thrushes call. 
Along the lintel are green- leaves, 

Beyond, the light lies still. 
Very willing and weary feet 

Go over that sill. 
There is nothing to trouble any heart. 

Nothing to hurt at all. 
Death is only a quiet door 
In an old wall." 

Of payments in lieu of cash we read : — 

"A certain Chapter had passed a resolution, authorizing the Secretary 
and Treasurer to accept scrip or some similar issue in lieu of cash in 
payment of fees and dues. Again we have a case where the Code of 
the Grand Chapter is silent and we must have recourse to the Code of 
the Grand Lodge. The matter was referred to the Chairman of the 
Committee on Jurisprudence for an opinion. The opinion as rendered, 
based upon the Code of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, was that only actual 
money of the United States would legally be used." 


This consolatory word : — 

"As the metallurgist removes the dross from the base metal, the re- 
sulting residue 'becomes finer and finer. And so it is with our belover 

Membership 60,578. Net loss 5,373, a tragedy! 

Roscoe R. Walcutt was elected G.H.P. 

The following Resolution was adopted : — 

"We declare our belief that these unfortunate conditions are very 
largely the result of insidious propaganda by individuals and organized 
groups who seek the destruction of constitutional forms of government 
here and elsewhere. 

"We solemnly protest against such agitation, in whatever manner or 
form it may appear, and we appeal to all members of the Masonic 
fraternity to be ever alert and watchful, and to combat these agencies by 
every means in their power." 

Henry Gruen faithfully represented Canada 
Many distinguished guests delivered addresses, G.H.P. 
Sargent saying: — 

"The fundamental principle underlying our civilization is man's re- 
sponsibility to his fellow-men. The lack of confidence of one man in an- 
other is the great trouble that is upon us to-day, not merely as citizens 
of Ohio and New Jersey or the United States of America, but as members 
of the human family throughout the world." 

G.H.P. Pierson said : — • 

"Counted among those Royal and iSelect Masters for that particular 
resolution on Communism, Facism and the other "isms" which are striv- 
ing to destroy our faith in government and God. 

"You remember in classical times there was a great Roman who in 
thunderous cries shouted 'Delenda est Carthago'. 'Carthage must be 
destroyed'. I want to say to you, even though I might be guilty of 
plagiarism in using those words, that 'Conmmunism must be destroyed' ". 

Bradley, of Iowa, concluded his address thus neatly : — 

"When I left home my wife said to me, — and I have learned to rely 
on her judgment in the years together — 'Be sure and don't overlook any 
opportunity'. I said, 'Opportunity for what?' She said, 'Opportunity 
to sit down'. I thank you." 

Weaver, of Pennsylvania, said : — ■ 

"Yes, we have lost a lot of things. We haven't lost our integrity and 
God grant that we haven't lost our will to do. If you and I continue that 
'will to do' we will right this condition." 

Snodgrass, of Tennessee, delivered a wonderful address at 
the banquet from which we make the following brief 
selections : — « 

"There was an old Jewish Brother occupying the First Veil, and as 
they proceeded on their journey they finally reached the end and ap- 
proached the First Veil, gave the usual alarm. A voice inside said, 'Who 
is dis vot come here?' One of the candidates slapped the other on the 
back and he said, 'Thank *God we have reached Jerusalem.' 

"And if we may ever hope for an era of peace and harmony between 
men and nations, it will only be attained through a philosophy that is 
founded upon the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. 


"I believe all thoughtful men will agree that we are living in an 
interesting but dangerous age of philosophic experiment. Europe is 
testing the socialistic theories of Fascism and Communism. 

"Let us analyze for a moment one of the great symbols of Masonry. 
The cube is that great symbol, the symbol of perfection, because it demon- 
strates the symmetry of all dimensions, length, breadth and height, which 
is also a symbol of the universe. 

" 'The land is 'lit as far as Hebron,' and, Companions, I bid you take 
up this cry and send it throughout your respective jurisdictions and set 
the Royal Craft to work." 

Edwin Smith, our indefatigable, energetic and highly es- 
teemed Grand Scribe E., is the Grand Representative of Ohio. 

Carl W. Sperling presents his Fourth Annual Review of 
activities. From the Foreword the following : — 

"Losses in membership are reported by every Grand Jurisdiction and 
exaltations have greatly decreased. As someone has well said, 'we are 
suffering at both ends of the line! 

"Apparently conditions in the whole world have changed, but Masonic 
principles have not and will not change. Capitular Masonry will continue 
to strive for companionship in an effort to build a Temple of personal 

"Some Chapters suggest as a cure for our ailment, shorter rituals, 
lower fees, less dues and more entertainment, to none of which, this re- 
viewer would subscribe, but would rather recommend 'higher quality at 
a fair price.' 

"I have always been a strong believer in quality rather than quantity. 
Just as large committees, numbers are sometimes weakening rather than 
strengthening. Lead them in paths they have mot known." 

A sage observation is found under tse California Review 
made by Comp. Bodge, of Maine, who suggests a test : — 

"A test is worthy of consideration when he says, just write some- 
thing entirely against Masonic tradition and learn how quickly those you 
think least observing, will let you know the error of your way." 

Canada at Brockville is briefly reviewed. He speaks of our 
distinguished guests and of Ohio's faithful Grand Representa- 
tive being on the job. He analyzes Grand Z. Haentschers 
address and speaks of the twenty Long Service Jewels dis- 
tributed. After touching on our statistical and relief activities 
he kindly says of this Reviewer that he presents a compre- 
hensive and well written Review of the activities of other 
Grand Jurisdictions. 

Under Colorado we read briefly tout comprehensively : — 

"It's the old story; the officers make or break a Chapter." 
Like other Reviewers he falls in love with the late Grand Z. 
Shatford, whose lamented death is a loss to Masonry universal. 
From his address he quotes: — 

"The spirit of hope is strong. When confidence is established, half 
the victory is in our hands. It is despair that defeats us. So long as 
man retains his faith all things are possible. 


"There is a sentence in the volume of the Sacred Law that speaks of 
'building in troublous times.' It bears directly upon the history of our 
Order and equally upon our present circumstances." 


Edson Angus MacMillan, Grand High Priest. 
James A. Lathim, Acting Grand Secretary. 
Ira B. Kirkland, Grand Secretary. 
Of the Grand High Priest his Biographer says: — 

"The year just past is a living tribute to his zeal and fidelity and 
marks a new era for the Royal Craft in this jurisdiction. Though well 
past the three score and ten allotted to mortals, his tireless energy, excel- 
lent plans and splendid execution will become an incentive to those who 
are to come after him. 

"He has been a teacher his entire life." 

The Forty-sixth Annual Convocation was held at Clare- 
more, April 17th, 1935. 

The Grand Secretary was ill and we regret to note at the 
close of the proceedings, that he passed away after the meet- 
ing of Grand Chapter. 

Distinguished visitors from Kansas and Missouri were wel- 
comed. Canada was duly represented by William Noble. 

The Grand High Priest said in his able address, from which 
we make the following extracts: — 

"What heartaches as we learn of the passing of friends? The 
pleasures and tragedies alike flit across our memories. The successes and 
disappointments are alike discussed and withal our lives are bettered and 
our characters embellished by our contacts one with another. We always 
close our labours with forgiveness and kindness in our hearts and return 
to our homes better husbands and fathers. To my way of thinking, in no 
other human activity has life's battle reached a higher plane. 

"Exaltations will follow if we can again interest those who have been 
lost, or are about to be, to our rolls. Exaltations result largely from 
revived internal conditions. We may endeavour to apply pressure but in 
the end it is wholly our internal problem to be solved. 

"At Guymon, in the 'Panhandle' of our state, is a Chapter which has 
demonstrated, without question, that environments play only a small part 
in a living, virile Chapter. No Chapter every worked under less favour- 
able conditions. Drought has scourged that section. 'WHAT A 
RECORD!' I believe that record can be equalled by ANY Chapter that 
has the will to do. 

"A number of Chapters refused to suspend any Companions, but we 
had no control of those who lost membership in Symbolic Masonry. 

"Of our seventy Chapters, twenty-eight never answered a singue com- 
munication. I have no explanation for such conditions. Common courtesy 
should have brought replies. 

"Far too often present dormant conditions can be traced to inefficient 
officers. That condition is a local one, and until greater care is shown in 
making a choice of officers, there seems nothing to do but await a better 


In "Observations" the G.H.P. Says:— 

"In the hope that financial conditions will improve so that Chapters 
can begin to confer -degrees and collect dues as they have done in the past. 
Heavy indebtedness hanging over them stultifies their will to work and 
throws on. them a burden which I fear several will not and cannot bear. 
Why not remit all delinquent dues? 

"I would be unappreciative not to mention the active snpport given our 
efforts by the Masonic Revieiv. 

"Would it not improve Capitular affairs over the state if we adopted 
a plan involving a Capitular school?" 

Membership 7,045. Loss 407. 

Oklahoma boasts of a fine educational fund, total amount- 
ing to $11,662.00. 

From the Memorial Service addresses to two Companions 
whose portraits adorn the proceedings, we take the 
following: — 

"I knew them as Masons. I knew them as friends, as citizens. They 
meant something. I hope they meant something to you." 

Edward M. Washington was elected G.H.P. and afterwards 
James A. Lathim was appointed Grand Secretary. 

A memorial was presented and adopted suggesting the ap- 
pointment of a Committee to consider a closer contact in work 
during the Cryptic and Capitular year. 

The history of Freemasonry was ordered to be published 
and $2,000.00 was appropriated for that purpose. 

Fourteen Past Grand High Priests were honoured in the 
Grand East. From the report of Committee on Necrology we 
take the following : — 

"Companions, since we as Masons are taught and believe that there 
is a Blessed Immortality, a higher life beyond the grave, I am closing 
this report with the words of an eminent Mason delivered on Easter Day: 

"Once more the season of triumphant Life draws near. Seeds which 
have been imprisoned in the cold earth of winter are about to assert again 
that life is stronger than death. Spring is one answer to man's hope and 
need that life shall not be defeated. Everywhere the earth is fairly 
shouting, 'Make way for life.' 

"And all this is but symbolic of triumphant life in the higher spiritual 
realms. We dare to say, 'Thou madest man, he knows not why.' 

"Still we believe and still we hope 
That in a world of larger scope 
What here was faithfully begun. 
Will be completed — not undone." 

The Grand Chapter supports the Masonic Charity Founda- 
tion with Grand Lodge. 

Ed. Worth, of Chatham, is the Grand Representative of 



Percy R. Kelly, Grand High Priest. 

D. Rufus Cheney, Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-fourth Convocation was held in Astoria, April 
9, 1934. 

Grand Master Scott was accorded Grand Honours. He 
said: — ■ 

"There are groups in our country that do not want personal liberty; 
they want to exchange it for individual and group advantage, so as to 
get political concessions -or bonuses for their group, at the expense of the 
general liberty. Now, is the 20th century going to go down as a period 
of the loss of personal liberty — the individual liberty that Masonry has 
always stood for?" 

The G.H.P. of Washington was welcomed. 
In his address acknowledging the reception of the Grand 
Representatives we read : — 

"A symbol accomplishes nothing of itself. 

"What it stands for; what it brings to light, that constitutes the ac- 

If explanatory monosyllables can catch the attention then 
certainly that attention must have 'been focussed by the un- 
usual commencement of the G.H.P.'s literary address, from 
which we make the following striking extracts : — 

"DAMN a dreamer anyway! A year ago, I saw a dream walking, I 
heard a dream talking, I heard a dream dancing — a dream, oh! so en- 
trancing. It was the object you had placed in my arms for a year. 
Capitular Masonry. 

"Like Cervantes' creature Don Quixote, I buckled on the armor of a 
crusader. I resolved to echo and re-echo the slogan in this jurisdiction, 
'Support the Whole Masonic Structure.' 

"This is not restricted to ritualism. It has a deeper significance. It 
reaches to the fundamental support of the social system. That support 
can no longer be deemed to depend upon materialism. That base has 
crumbled. That temple is in ruins. We must rebuild with fraternalism — 
not a narrow, tribal, racial brotherhood. 

"My plea, therefore, shall be to the craft at large, first, to revive an 
active spirit of Masonic fraternalism which supplies a guardianship on 
the part of the fortunate and prosperous over those less fortunate. 
"Yet oh! the confident spirit once mine to dare and to do! 
Take the world into my hand and shape it and make it anew; 
Gather all men in my purposce, men in their darkness and dearth, 
Men in their meanness and misery, made of the dust of the earth. 
Mould them afresh and make out of them man, with his spirit sublime. 

"Olive Schrelner tells of a quest up precipice and crag and mountain 
height for a bird — the bird of knowledge or truth ; and after years and 
years of striving and climbing and searching, at last in the twilight of 
expiring life, the small shaft of a feather fluttered down and became 
visible for a few moments. I am and probably always will be awaiting 
the feather." 


Among his decisions: — 

"This duty rests upon the Chapter in the absence of any action in 
the Blue Lodge as well as when action is taken by the Blue Lodge. 

"My personal opinion is that the Chapter through any appropriate 
committee, should first apprise the Blue Lodge of which the accused is a 
member, of the information it has with reference to the charges and give 
the Blue Lodge opportunity to take appropriate action. 

"I declined to approve a sponsorship by one of the constituent chapters 
of the operation of a series of weekly card playing parties for profit." 

In a Memorial tribute he said: — ■ 

"His was a personality of charm and culture. A spirit of true brother- 
hood attended him always." 

We learn from his biography that G.H.P. Kelly was ap- 
pointed Supreme Judge and afterwards re-elected. This tri- 
bute is paid him : — 

"Of brilliant mind; of sound judgment; of an understanding heart, 
and of keen wit, our Most Excellent Companion has meant much to all 
branches of Masonry." 

He describes the Grand Secretary as a great Masonic In- 

Of Legislation he well says: — 

"I have no recommendation in the realm of legislation. We need no 
more laws. We need no more discipline than we have." 

His style is all his own as he details the Spanish fable of 
The Mule and the Wolf :— 

"Capitular Masonry is limping away. Annually, there is more or less 
of a direct appeal to its titular head to take away the cause of the limp. 

"I mean the nail of prolixity. Now lam away and kick me in the face 
for tugging away at that nail. I know it will serve me right. I never 
was a ritualist. I never wrote a ritual, and, of itself alone, I never had 
any great admiration for one. The letter perfect, spirit suppressing, 
lesson obscuring technocrats of ritualism irk and annoy me. As a means 
of indelibly impressing fundamental and basic truth upon the minds and 
consciences of men, I join with all of you in giving ritualism homage, 
gratitude, and praise. 

"It is not erudite or encyclopedic, but esoteric and ethical instruction 
that our degrees are intended to supply." 

Under Masonic Education this exceptional comment: — 

"It is one thing to prepare addresses, pamphlets and books and quite 
another to get the companions to read them. I am committed to the view 
that much could be accomplished by explanatory lectures given as the 
respective degrees are conferred. 

"The spiritual lessons in our ceremonies, so obvious to the student, 
seem to be all but entirely hidden from the novitiate. Why not reveal 
them more plainly while the candidate is receptive?" 

We read further under "Stuff That Dreams Are Made 

"In nearly every locality throughout this jurisdiction sound and motion 
reproduction equipment is available easily. 


"These are not yet to be had; but, in my opinion, the day is near, 
very near at hand when they will be offered. 

"A story mot only of memories of good men and true ; but a story of 
transformation from sordid indifference to a quickening and sustaining 
faith and hope, a story of an open door to a path of pleasantness and of 
peace, a story of sadly needed reassurance that in this mundane pilgrim- 
age may be found much, very much that is of true and abiding value; a 
story of a continually growing effulgence of light, Masonic light, guiding, 
directing, inviting my steps upward and onward, not to financial or 
material aggrandizement, but to better, truer and nobler environs." 

And this verse sums it all up : — - 

"Because of the light of the moon, silver is found on the moor, 
Because of the light of the sun, there is gold on the walls of the poor. 
By the light of the stars, planets are found in the stream, 
And by the light of God's love, my soul finds its goal supreme." 

The Grand Secretary reports : — 

"The past year has seen a number of material changes in our country. 
The greatest of these is the change from a psychology of doubt and des- 
pair, to one of hope and confidence." 

Membership 5,857. Net loss 402. 

Grand Orator Carleton delivered a striking address on 
'Think Ye We Have Created Them in Jest?" This he quotes 
from Wilder's great novel of "The Bridge of San Luis Rey". 
These are extracts: — 

"The Abbess says, 'But soon we shall die and all memory of those five 
will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for awhile and 
forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love 
return to the love that made them. There is a land of the living and a 
land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only 

"As we ponder the meaning of the book, we are reminded of the pass- 
age in the Koran which contains the thought for our consideration to-day: 

" 'The Heavens and the Earth and all that between them lies, think ye 
we have created them in jest?' 

"First, we should make some attempt to grasp the meaning of time. 
The New History tells us that 240,000 years is a very conservative esti- 
mate of the time that man has lived. 

"Early in the history of our race men banded themselves together 
into brotherhoods in order that they might assist one another in finding 
the true values of life and so to make this world a purer, happier, better 
place for themselves and for those who were to come after them. 

"He drinks the hemlock so calmly that his disciples are convinced 
that Socrates must have known that our lives are immortal. 

"Plato comes next, setting three standards, Truth, Beauty and Good- 

"It is not 'a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying 
nothing.' Then shall we have courge to take up the day's work." 

Walter O. Haines, Capitular Reviewer, says : — 

"Routine procedure remains about the same but there are many ex- 
pressions of the Grand High Priests and the Reviewers, which show that 
Capitular Masonry is coming to the realization that our troubles have 
been the result of our desire for numbers instead of spiritual things. 


"Herein is ihope for the future for Masonry ,in whatever branch, is 
essentially spiritual." 

Carl W. Evertsen was elected G.H.P. 

Six Past Grand High Priests were present. 

Canada was duly represented by John G. Mcintosh. 

John G. Gardiner, an outstanding member of the Royal 
Craft, is the Grand Representative of Oregon. 


Charles H. Weaver, Grand High Priest. 

Joseph E. Quinby, Grand Secretary, 

Quarterly Communication was held in Philadelphia, March 
8, 1934. 

Seven Past G.H.P.'s, all well known inames, were present. 

Membership 53,818. Net loss 2,608. 

Quarterly Communication June 7, 1934. 

The death of several distinguished Companions is re- 

Grand Chapter "closed in peace." 

Quarterly Communication December 6, 1934. 

Distinguished visitors from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, 
New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Virginia, Ohio, North 
Carolina, District of Columbia, Delaware, West Virginia, 
Colorado, Quebec, and our own Kenneth J. Dunstan, P.G.Z. 

Samuel Shaw duly represented us. 

Albert T. Hanby was elected G.H.P. and Thomas 
McConnell, Jr., Grand Treasurer. 

The Committee on Finance reported fully. 

Addresses were delivered by distinguished visitors, includ- 
ing M.E. Comp. Dunstan. 

Annual Grand Communication was held December 27, 1934. 
Seven Past G.H.P.'s present and Samuel Shaw representing 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following : — 

"Due to the many demands upon our membership for activity in 
different directions, our Officers are planning their Chapter meetings in 
a way that has resulted in increased attendance and interest. 

"Let us he confident and courageous and if faithful we shall conquer 
all earthly things." 

Many visitations are recorded. 
We make this reference : — - 

"Companion Wooda N. Carr, whose masterly handling of the subject, 
'I am that I am,' revealed to us many truths not heretofore dreamed of." 

As to our own meeting the following:— 


"Received an invitation to be present at the Annual 'Convocation of 
the Grand Chapter of Canada to be held in Brockville, February 27th. 
Had already started when word was received that the railroads were 
tied up with a severe snow storm, and I had to return home. 

"Massachusetts. Wih other distinguished guests we were received 
by the Grand Master and each extended words of welcome and cheer 
that will live throughout the years, 

"In my observations, while I was being schooled in the Capitular work, 
I discovered that 'Grand Chapter has been so efficiently organized by my 
worthy predecessors, that all your Grand Hight Priest needs to do is to 
climb into the driver's seat and guide the Organization to the accomplish- 
ment of its purpose." 

He suggested a change in Masonic dress : — 
"I am firmly convinced that the wearing of crowns has outlived its 

And speaks of indifference in membership. 

As to "Frozen Assets of Friendship" he says :-^ 

"During the past few years many of our banking institutions have 

closed their doors, with the statement that their assets were frozen. 

"My porfolio of friendship has been, enlarged by coming in contact 

with those who were to become new friends. If we all can increase our 

friendships, we shall add to our assets of life. Do not let your friendship 

assets become frozen assets." 

The Committee on Correspondence divides the work, 
Canada falling as usual to the friendly attention of John M. 
Core, P.G.H.P., an old friend. 

This from Arizona Review :— 

"M.E. Companion James R. Malott reports, 'while a number of joint 
meetings were held, it was my privilege to get in touch with and visit 
the membership of every Chapter, 

"We find our present day life top-heavy with numerous organizations 
demanding an undue amount of work and attention from the few who 
devote their attention to fraternal community work." 

This from British Columbia Review : — ■ 

"The story must be told as fully as possible if it is to have effect in 
becoming informative to the readers, and those jurisdictions which fail 
in this way may readily be forgotten. 

"The Book of Proceedings indicates an existence and is the best adver- 
tisement the organization can secure." 

Canada 1934 is well reviewed. The absence of Pennsyl- 
vania's Representative is noted. As to Dispensations we read 
his comments as follows:— 

"It really seems to an outsider that the Dispensing power of the Grand 
Z. is used entirely too freely, and for many things which might be much 
better left to the by-laws and constitution. For instance we do not think 
that attendance on Divine worship is so rare a thing among the Com- 
panions of Canada as to require a Dispensation therefor. Changing the 
date and hour of meeting of a subordinate Chapter, by Dispensation, it 
seems to us leads only to confusion. After Grand Chapter adopts or ap- 
proves a set of by-laws, that is the law, and we very much doubt the right 
of a Grand Z. to change it." 


Other remarks are:— 

"The superintendents of the 17 districts made comprehensive reports. 
They are surely of much interest. 

The Committee on Capitular Masonry, in which Companion Gardiner 
says in his closing: 

"Finally may we express the opinion that the Royal Craft within our 
boundaries is buoyantly riding the stormy seas. 

"No grant was over $100.00 and none under $40.00." 

"Of our Review he kindly, generously and encouragingly 
says : — 

"The real Prince of correspondents. We know, for we have 
followed him these many years. He has been at once our delight 
and despair. No review of his work can do it justice, and no one can read 
it without supreme satisfaction. 

"If any of the Companions wish to see what a correspondence report 
should be, let them read this. They are priceless." 

Under District of Columbia : — 

"Every High Priest before taking office is installed in that manner, 
and only Past High Priests who have received the Order of High Priest- 
hood are permitted to be present. 

"There is no answer to the statement which I made. Washington is 
largely supported by taxpayers of the country at large." 

From General Grand Chapter Review: — ■ 

"When all is summed up and an inventory taken we can say 'we are 
here', 'we have survived and will continue.' Masonry has passed suc- 
cessfully through vastly more trying times. . . . To-day, self glorifica- 
tion in beautiful and massive Temples, but plastered with defaulted 
bonds held by those who had been taught that 'Masonry never defaults 
on its obligations' ... is an object lesson on smug comfort of self. 

"Could not Royal Arch Masonry benefit by more specific attention to 
some definite welfare work among those under its present membership?" 

This from the Idaho Review: — 

"Are we discouraged? Not any. Believe in God, fear no man and go 
after the infidels." 

New York gives food for thought : — ■ 

"The 'Correspondence Report of M.E. Companion George E. Briggs is 
again unapproachable and beyond imitating by any of the Reviewers in 
the Perennial Parade. There are no other entries in his class. For 
Versatility, Vocabulary, diction and completeness it is unsurpassed. 

"Companion Briggs leads — all others follow. Would that 'round and 
round the Oval Room' might some time be a reality. 

"Why not an 'Association of Reviewers?" 


Charles O'Neill, Grand Z. 

W. W. Williamson, Grand Scribe E. 

The Fifty-eighth Convocation was held in Montreal 27th 
of March, 1935. Seven Past Grand Z.'s (including our own 
C. W. Haentschel) were honoured in the Grand East. 


Duncan McLellan duly represented Canada. 
From the comprehensive address of the Grand First 
Principal we make the following extracts : — 

"Normalcy will return in due season and the shouldering of additional 
burdens, when necessary and it is possible for us to do so, may hasten 
return to prosperity, 

"There are necessary preliminaries to achievement, so let us one and 
all close our hearts to fear and pessimism and open them to confidence 
and faith. That way lies our salvation, both as individuals and 

"Their labours added something to the richness of human life. 

"Loyalty to Grand Chapter and faith in Capitular Masonry were uni- 
versal. My personal attitude in the matter of these visitations is favour- 

"This Grand Chapter was ably represented by the Grand 2nd Prin- 
cipal and the Grand Scribe E., and we are indebted to them for under- 
taking it. The principle of (Companionship and friendly interest in the 
activity of others is in conformity with the teachings of our Order. 

"Impressed with the amount of sterling character contained within 
the rank and fyle of our institution. 

"Companions, I close with the exhortation from the Book of Common 
Prayer to 'So Let Your Light Shine Before Men That They Will See 
Your Good Works." 

The. Grand Scribe E. presented his fifteenth annual report 
showing* a total membership of 3,148, net decrease 154. The 
revenue, however, showed a decrease of $73.70 only. 

Distinguished visitors from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, 
Vermont, Maine, M.E. Companion F. E. Woodruff, and Canada 
(Most Excellent Companions G L. Gardiner and K. J. 
Dunstan) , were severally introduced and welcomed and during 
the course of the session expressed fraternal good will. 

The Committee on the State of the Order reported : — 

"A closer attention to duty and more co-operation on the part of all 
concerned might have assisted materially. 

"In conclusion may we say that we are impressed with the evident 
loyalty of those who have stuck by the ship through the stormy times." 

Grand First Principal O'Neill was re-elected. 

The late Edward B. Brown, K.C., of Toronto, was the 
Grand Representative of Quebec. His death we deeply de- 
plore. He was in every sense a Mason and a man. 

W.J. Edwards, P.G.Z., ably presents the review on Foreign 
Correspondence, saying in his foreword : — 

"For the iifth time it has been my privilege to discharge this task, 
which is indeed one of absorbing interest. I sincerely hope that some- 
thing of the inspiration, as well as information, gained by the perusal 
of the sayings and writings of so many distinguished Masons may be 
found helpful by those who read this Report." 

The British Columbia reviewer receives worthy praise: — 


"Correspondence prepared with care, enriched with many beautiful 
quotations both of poetry and prose, and, we would add, adorned by the 
photos of Grand Representatives. 

In California this gem : — 

"Royal Arch Masonry should live to help, and help man to live. It 
has heart values that are paramount. It exaHs the thought." 

Canada in Brock ville is reviewed in friendly fashion. He 
lists our distinguished guests, including Companions O'Neill 
and Williamson from Quebec. He cites from the address of 
welcome something worthy of re-production : — 

"In this town and district are to be found the oldest Chapter, Ancient 
Frontenac and Cataraqui, No. 1, at Kingston; the oldest Sunday School 
in Canada, the First Presbyterian in Brockville ; the oldest Orange Lodge ; 
the oldest Odd Fellows' Lodge and the third oldest Masonic Lodge on the 
present register of Grand Lodge." 

He says that Grand Z. Haentschel delivered some sage 

He speaks of the exceedingly fine and conprehensive report 
of Most Excellent Companion George L. Gardiner, and says 
that this reviewer supplied an interesting and instructive 
description of the happenings of sister Grand Jurisdictions. 

In the Colorado Review we read : — 

"It is my observation that active work is a paramount requisite. The 
best remedy yet discovered is individual, personal work. Giving them 
work to do will increase their interest and develop ability." 

This from Delaware: — 

"My parting message is 'Be up and doing'. It is time to stop using 
the depression as an alibi. 

Boldly and wisely in that light thou hast; 
Hhere is a hand above will help thee on." 

This from the Georgia Review : — 

"He has met every problem with characteristic caution and solved 
them with profound wisdom and economic judgment." 

Massachusetts gives this opportunity : — 

"What we are to-day, what we will become to-morrow, is guided and 
influenced by our association as we travel, and our present is the product 
of a past reaching back into the unknown. 

"It is for us to keep the faith." 
"There are some things beyond the gift of gold, 
A Richer Treasure needed now and then. 
Some things life needs which are not bought or sold. 
The high occasion often calls for men. 
Some for relief from service give their pelf, 
But he gives most who freely gives himself." 

Saskatchewan always furnishes meat for comment and we 
read: — 

"On the inside of the cover is found a short article on the people of 
Saskatchewan, whose census report reveals there are more than three 


dozen different origins. These people brought their creative national 
characteristics and are contributing their share in the building of a finer 
and better Canada." 


R. N. F. Quinn, First Grand Principal. 

J. A. Fraser, Deputy First Grand Principal. 

R. W. T. Rendrick, G.S.E. 

The regular Bi-ennial Convocation met at Brisbane, 4th 
April, 1934. 

The Armorial Bearings of Grand Chapter, with their 
elaborate detail of symbolism, is printed on the cover, and the 
motto "Nil Nisi Clavis Deest" is striking. 

The First Grand Principal is Director of Public Works of 
Queensland and had to leave for the northern part of the State. 

Under Obituary the following verses : — 

"Were a star quenched on high, 
For ages would its light 
Still travelling downward from the sky, 
Shine on our mortal sight. 

"So when a good man dies. 
For years beyond our ken 
The light he leaves behind him lies 
Upon the paths of men." 

References are made to the Royal Arch, to the Lodge and 
Council and Cryptic Council together. 
The Deputy First Principal said : — 

"Wondai is in the midst of a very fertile and prosperous district, 
where things are moving forward fairly rapidly, and there is every reason 
to hope and believe that the future of the Royal Arch Chapter in that 
centre is assured. 

"I consider it a very deplorable state of things indeed that so many 
of our Chapters should be behind in the rendering of their returns. 

"It is indeed deplorable that so many of our Chapters are mot playing 
the game.' " 

Canada was duly represented by J. C. Knox. 

The address of First Grand Principal Quinn (who is also 
noted as 33°) is interesting: — 

"Surely, in a world divided by every imaginable discord, and torn by 
strife, we have a right to rejoice in a fellowship which is at once free, 
fraternal and refining. In the knowledge that they have with us an 
identity of interests, aims and ideals ,the practice of which will make 
this world a better place for freemen to live, and where the spirit of good- 
will will flourish and be glorified, we give them welcome. 

"If correct, all is well; if not, we have the power to amend. In all and 
every circumstance Unity and Concord must prevail. 


"Discipline — knowledge and truth. 

"Continue to respect chastity, straight dealing and co-operation for 
the common welfare. 

"Utilized in the cause of Liberty, Justice, Peace and Goodwill. 

"Practice sincerity, industry, charity, reverence for sacred things, and 
the application of the Golden Rule. 

"Live as though to-morrow you may pass hence; Work as though you 
have here an abiding city. 

"Our Temple — not made with hands — rises slowly — composed of 
thoughts — hopes — prayers — dreams, and good actions — directed by Truth, 
cemented by the love of God, irradiated by service and loyalty to one 
another; its builders a league of noble men, bound together in the radiant 
enterprise of working out in time and love the will and purpose of the 

The Grand Inspector of Workings said : — 

"It is gratifying to report that our Country Chapters have made 
good progress, and as it is a natural tendency in this State that continued 
prosperity in the country usually follows with a similar state of affairs 
in the city — let us hope that this will eventuate." 

First Grand Principal Quinn was re-elected. 

Fees of Honor are scheduled according to office. 

A notice of motion to the following effect was introduced : — 

"Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Queensland recently formed 
from Lodges under the English jurisdiction coming forward as candi- 
dates for exaltation in Chapters under this Constitution shall be recog- 
nied as fully qualified Mark Master Masons and their certificates as such 

In the keen discussion it was said : — 

"I feel that the Committee are also inspired with these same ideals, 
and trust they will withdraw their objections and let us work for that 
love, peace and harmony which we all desire. 

"That newly formed Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons by an 
accredited Representative. 

"Your motion is nothing more nor less than Recognition. Recognition 
of a body who has not asked for it; who as a matter of fact, has not 
communicated with this Grand Chapter eiher before or after their 

J. Boyd is the Grand Representative of Queensland. 


E. J. Coster, Grand Z. 

F. B. Reilly, Grand Scribe E. 

From the biography of the Grand Z. we learn that he was 
born of Cornish parents, and this tribute is paid to him : — 

"He is one of the most zealous and indefatigable workers in the Royal 
Craft. Although he left England when quite young, he brought with 
nim as a legacy from his ancestors some of John Bull's dogged persistency 
and this characteristic, coupled with the training in the hardships he 
passed through in his pioneering days (hardships unknown to the present 


generation), undoubtedly carried him over the many difficulties pertaining 
to his year of office." 

The Twelfth Convocation was held in Saskatoon, February 
27, 1935. 

Eight Past Grand Z.'s were honoured. 

His Honour Judge Wylie acknowledged the kindly welcome 
extended to Grand Chapter. 

Grand Z. Irwin, of Manitoba, was accorded Grand Honours. 

Canada's Grand Representative was not present. 

From the address of the Grand Z. we make the following 
excerpts : — 

"While some of us may consider we are badly used, there is none in 
this beautiful temple to-day but has much for which to thank our Heaven- 
ly Father. 

"I greet and welcome you to this Convocation in this thriving City of 
Saskatoon, the site of which, when I first arrived, was only a bare plain, 
without a single building. 

"It is being held twelve years since we separated from the Mother 
who reared us, and while we were not strong to start with, our Mother 
Grand 'Chapter gave us a good send-off. It is encouraging that we are 
still holding steady. 

"It is with deep thankfulness that we note that there have been no 
breaks in our official family through death during the past year." 

Why single them out? 

"Companions who have been keeping their Chapters alive through the 
years of depression are being heartened, and now see the reward of their 
faithfulness. Many 'Companions travel thirty miles and more to attend 
their Chapter meetings. I concluded, therefore, that the only way I could 
meet my Companioons was to go to them. It was then that I realized 
the vast area of this jurisdiction. I have visited each Chapter in this 
jurisdiction during the past year, and some of them twice. I attended 
the Grand Chapter of Alberta, of Manitoba, and of Michigan. In 1938 
your Grand First Principal shall hold office for two years instead of one. 

"I tried, repeatedly, to convince our membership of the advantages 
of intervisitation whenever possible, exemplifying the floor work on each 
other's candidates, installing officers jointly, and in other ways mingling 
with each other. Encourage the Chapters on each side of the boundaries 
to visit each other. Let us not be self-contained ; we are all one big family, 

"Across the line, nearly every Grand Chapter has some plan for the 
betterment or care of its members, its widows and children, or mankind in 
general. I ask you, Companions, what are we doing?" 

Alfred F. Webster of Toronto is the Grand Representative 
of Saskatchewan. 

In one of the District Reports we note the expressive term 
that one of the Chapters has "fallen from grace". 

Greetings from Edwin Smith land A. F. Webster were read : 
The Grand Scribe E. said in his report: — 

"We miss some old faces and we greet new ones. It is a pleasure to 
be with you and to serve you. Conditions make difficulties for us all. 


"This is a good province to live in. We think we have difficulties, 
but if we read about what is going on in other portions of the world, we 
should be contented." 

Membership 2,090. Net loss 119. 

Rev. J. A. McKenzie gave a very inspiring address on 
"Essentials", which he listed as Equilibrium, Liberty, World 
Consciousness and Cheerfulness. 

The Committee on Capitular Masonry said : — 

"The iSpirit of Fraternalism and Brotherhood is better than usual, and 
there is an earnest effort being made by officers. 

"Harmony, good-will, enthusiasm and a desire to serve characterize 
these reports and may be accepted as the keynote of the year's activity. 

"As the Prime Minister of Canada said in New York a few days 
ago: 'We have been forunate, whatever may be the cause of our com- 
parative well-being. We thank Divine Providence for it — and go for- 
ward with humility and gratitude to reap the harvest of prosperity which, 
we believe, is being prepared for us.' 

"Blessings very often come disguised as calamities." 

This from the Report of the Committee on Fraternal 
Dead : — 

"Add thereto the hope that the Great Physician will, in His own good 
time and in His own incomparable way, heal the wounds of those who 

From the Report on Education and Research the fol- 
lowing: — 

"After browsing around in several fields, we decided to send out to 
each of the Constituent Chapters a series of pamphlets issued by the 
sducational Bureau of the 'General -Grand Chapter of U.S.A. 

Judge E. R. Wylie was elected Grand Z. 

The Grand Z. of Alberta and Mayor of Calgary thanked 
the Companions for the welcome extended. 

Arthur S. Gorrell is the Grand Representative of Canada. 

Papers prepared by Companions on Education and Re- 
search included one on the Ancient Mysteries from which we 
make the following interesting extracts : — 

"Evidence of customs now prevailing by no means proves that they 
are of very old standing. If the ceremonial of the Craft to a certain 
extent finds parallel in the present day observances of the sectaries of 
Mount Lebanon, the Druses and Ansarcych, the Begtaschi of Turkey, 
the Yesidis of Armenia and Asia Minor, then it is possible to believe that 
these sectaries adopted some of the practices of the Freemasons. 

"At the same time, what has been called 'the doctrine of chance 
coincidences/ may possibly be held to apply in some of these cases, and 
certainly would appear to account for most of the stories related of so- 
called 'Masonic Signs' having been exchanged. 

"Going then to the records we possess of the earliest historic times in 
China, I find clear evidence of the existence of a mystic faith expressed 
in allegorical form, and illustrated as with us by symbols. 


"The hierarchy of this religion were distinguished by the symbolic, 
jewels held by them during their term of office, and, as with us, at the 
rites of their religion they wore leather aprons, such as have come down 
to us, marked with the insignia of their rank. I find in the earliest 
works which have come down tous — the compasses and square used as 
the symbol of right conduct. The ancient names by which the Deity is 
spoken of in China is that of the First Builder, or as Masons say, the 
'Great Architect.' 

"Sir Charles Warren, in his review of Military Lodges, points out 
that in the Army, Masonry banishes class and even rank distinctions, 
without in the least endangering discipline, quoting instances where even 
non-commissioned officers have controlled Lodges in which superior officers 
were sitting as ordinary members. 

"Count D'Alviclla says there are cases exactly parallel in the Mithraic 
Mysteries under the Old Romans. 

"There was a third rank or degree called disciple or companion, in 
which there was a still closer union. Those who were admitted to this 
highest grade received a threefold rule for the conduct of their life: — 
Love of God, of Virtue, and of Mankind — and they were bound by a 
solemn oath to practice charity, maintain truth and to conceal the secrets 
of the society." 

Francis B. Reilly presents the able Foreign Correspondence 
Report and says in his Prologue: — ■ 

"Some reviewers object to the word 'foreign.' We like it. We like 
to wander in the great 'out of doors' and as we pass along, if we are 
permitted, to enter the doors of other lodges. 

"Loss of membership. It seems to be a hardy annual; it may not 
be such a bad weed after all. 

"Urges the Masonic fraternity to redouble its zeal and devotion to the 
cause of the rehabilitation of their crippled public school system through- 
out the land." 

This from the Review of British Columbia : — 

"From the great teachings of the Old Testament Bards on down 
through the ages Masonry has not identified itself with particular systems 
of reform. Such a system could not exist merely to teach men the sym- 
bolic meaning of a few Builders' Tools. Behind all movements, as St, 
Paul says, are 'Keepers and Stewards of the Mysteries.' By training- 
good citizens it influences public life." 
This from California : — 

"Ritualistic perfection is essential to successful Chapter activity. It 
is a means to an end, and the vital factor in all Chapter work is the 
interest of the individual Companion." 

Canada at Brockville is well reviewed. He speaks of the 
many visitations of Grand Z. Haentschel, and repeats, as so 
many Reviewers do, his admonition "please take your Capitular 
work seriously". 

The Committee on Condition of Capitular Masonry is 
praised and this extract was taken therefrom : — 

"A reduction in man-power does not of necessity mean a lessening 
of the usefulness of the organization. On the contrary, it merely suggests 


a further distribution' of labour among those who remain. We may in- 
crease the burden. . 

"Wm. N. Ponton, the veteran reviewer, again presents the review, 
curtailed a little from that of former years. He is very generous of 
space to Saskatchewan. To commemorate their 75th Anniversary they 
publish a booklet giving a short historical sketch, with portraits and 
biographies of all the Grand Z.'s from organization to the present." 

Under Delaware the following: — 

"Use talent where you can find it, but don't fail to make your own 
members work. Make talks brief, but plan something different and social 
for each meeting." 

This from England : — 

"A Master Mason had to wait twelve months until he could receive the 
R.A. Degree. This was shortened to four weeks in 1893. Each Chapter 
is attached to a lodge and this has frequently caused friction with other 
Grand Chapters, as with Canada and Quebec, years ago. But these dif- 
ferences have been cleared up." 

This from Iowa : — 

" 'To-day we are menaced by a foe more insidious, more baffling, and 
more dangerous to our future than any from without, and that is the 
apathy and indifference within our own Order.' Thoughts all Chapters 
might well ponder." 

A touch from Scotland : — 

"Several of the office-bearers are far more familiar with Gaelic than 
they are with English. The First Degree was exceedingly well worked, 
and afterwards we had the most pleasant harmony at the hotel. But the 
point I wish to make is that there you have equally the spirit of Masonry. 
It is not confined to Temples made with hands, magnificent though they 
may be, but the principle of Scottish Masonry is built up in these humble 
Lodges and humble Chapters, where the members have the spirit of 
Masonry at heart." 

In the inside page of the cover we find one of Bliss Car- 
man's fine poems, "A Mirage of the Plains", from which we 
quote two verses : — 

"As I stood on the bank of the river that runs by Saskatoon, 
I saw the incredible happen in the sober light of noon. 

I looked out over the prairie as far as the eye could see, 

And never a stone as big as your hand, and never the sign of a tree ; 

Only the golden stubble with the first light snow between, 

In the fairy light of a primal world where beauty first was seen. 

And over the whispering snowdrift a clear-off voice said, 

'No man shall injure his neighbour, and none shall make you afraid. 

Lo, I am with you always unto the end of the world.' 

Then, as the vision faded, the sails of the clouds were furled. 

"And there, all round about me, real in the noonday sun, 

Stood Houses of Learning and Beauty — the vision's fulfilment begun." 



Rt. Hon. The Earl of Cassillis. First Grand Principal. 

Major-General McLachlan, Depute First Grand Principal. 

Peter MacAuslan and William Rennie respectively Second 
and Third Grand Principals. 

George A. Howell, Grand Scribe E. 

Then follow pages of Office Bearers embracing such well 
known names as Conquergood, Moncreiff, Nisbet, Turnbull, 
Gibb, Constable and Watson. 

M.W, Bro. W. H. Wardrope, of Hamilton, is the Grand 
Representative of Scotland with us, and Sir John Watson, 
M.B.E., K.C., is the Grand Representative of Canada. 

W. J. Armstrong, Toronto, represents Sister Grand 

The Grand Superintendents of South Africa, India, New 
South Wales, New Zealand and other widely scattered divisions 
of the globe are recorded. 

No. 1 Chapter is Edinburgh, No. 2 Stirling Rock, No. 3 
Enoch, Montrose. The last Chapter No. recorded is 679 of 
Beirut, First Principal Khairallah, Second Principal Robert 
Urquhart, Third Principal Haddad. 

The Royal Arch Chapters under Scotland in the Eastern 
Mediterranean at Aden, Alexandria, Jaffa and Port Said ; in 
the Western Mediterranean at Gibraltar, Malta and Tangier. 
Districts which are at present the centres of the world's 
anxious thoughts. 

Quarterly Convocation at Edinburgh, 21st June, 1935. 

Obituary notices were read (the Companions remaining 
upstanding) regarding M. Ex. Companions Sime, Carter and 

Apologies for absence were read. This is a courtesy never 
neglected in Scotland. 

Some minor changes in the Constitution were passed and 
gratuitous affiliation is prohibited. 

The Supreme Committee held its quarterly meeting 6th 
September, 1935. 

The Grand Superintendents reported. 


Frank E. Harrison, Jr., G.H.P. 
Joseph E. Hart, Acting G.H.P. 
0. Frank Hart, Grand Secretary. 


The One Hundred and Twenty-third Annual was held in 
Columbia, April 17, 1935. 

Canada was duly represented by William W. Wannamaker. 

Nine Past Grand High Priests were present doing duty. 

Membership 2,218. Net loss 361. 

The G.H.P. was unable to attend on account of illness of 
his mother. From his suggestive address to the Royal Craft 
of the old Palmetto State we take the following : — 

"There are still obstacles to overcome, difficult tasks to confront, per- 
plexing problems to solve. 

"There is an interesting relation between the great republic and the 
great fraternity. They have enjoyed prosperity and suffered adversity 
together for more than a century and a half. iOur institution is not one 
that thrives upon the misfortunes of others. When economic hardship 
and financial depression affect the welfare of the Nation, we may expect 
a corresponding effect upon our Ancient Brotherhood. 

"There ds much in life, even in the absence of all the luxuries, many 
of the comforts, and some of the necessities. 

" 'These are the times that try men's souls.' But why shouldn't men's 
souls be tested? How, otherwise, shall we know the mettle, the good 
faith, the ultimate worth of a soul? And if an omniscient and merciful 
God pleases, we shall yet come out of this awful ordeal with dross con- 
sumed and gold refined." 

Among his decisions the following: — 

"The petitioner in the case presented is not a Royal Arch Mason at 
all. His standing is that of a Master Mason, and having ended his mem- 
bership in the spurious and unlawful degree-peddling agency, he is now 
entitled to apply to your Chapter, as a Master Mason, for the degrees, 
which it is obvious that he has never received. It would be entirely im- 
proper and un-Masonic for your Chapter to try to remedy a situation 
like this by an attempt to 'heal' he unwary brother who has been fleeced 
by the counterfeit organization." 

"The Grand Lodge Constitution provides that there cannot be an 
election to fill a vacancy in either of the three principal offices of a Lodge, 
— so long as one of the three survives. So you may not elect or install 
the successor of High Priest, King or Scribe, so long as one of the three 
survives, but must fill the vacancy by pro tempore appointments from 
time to time. It is also clear that an installed officer can neither resign 
his office nor demit from his Chapter. 

"A Companion erased from the roll for non-payment of dues has no 
lawful right to visit a Chapter. Therefore ,he could not serve as acting 
Secretary. There would be no objection to his acting as assistant to the 
Secretary in the clerical work, provided that work was not done in open 

This from his conclusion : — 

"Youthful and inexperienced, you took me from the ranks of the 
brotherhood, and conferred upon me 'honour ,dignity and responsibility. 
I have tried to wear the ring and wield the gavel for the glory of God 
and the service of the brotherhood. 

"I shall build my house anew, 

With sturdier roof and walls and floor, 


A fairer dwelling- and more true 
Than served my soul before. 

"This masonry of little worth. 

These rooms unfit for His degree. 
The cheap pen ate s on my hearth 
I cannot let Him see." 

From the In Memoriam of the late M. Ex. Comp. Harmon 
we take the following striking thoughts : — 

"He was devoid of narrowness and had no sympathy for the crazy 
fanatic or frenzied bigot. He had mo patience with sham, make-believe 
or hyprocrisy. His mind was open to all truth whether old or new. 

"But above and beyond his intellectual gifts and his enthusiastic ser- 
vice, his capacity for friendship endeared him, to his friends. It is a 
plant that thrives and flourishes in a soil and atmosphere of sincerity 
and unselfishness. Friendship will not grow in the midst of self-seeking- 
vanity and egotism. The road of life is marked by wrecked friendships. 

"His sense of fun and humor made him a most charming and fas- 
cinating companion. His humor was not cutting or injurious but harm- 
less and sympathetic towards the weaknesses and foibles of men. His 
conversation was never tedious or tiring but always fresh and interesting. 

"George Harmon had an unusual mind. His powers of recollection 
were extraordinary. He was able to quote, instantly, long passages from 
the undeniable masterpieces, that is to say, from 'the greatest books of 
mankind.' He recited the ritual and the scripture lessons entirely from 

Edward H. Pinkney was elected G.H.P. 

James B. Little, of Trenton, is the Grand Representative 
of South Carolina. 

Henry Collins is. the Fraternal Correspondent. 

We regret that Canada is nat included in his Reviews, which 
are able. 

Under Alabama we read : — 

"The Committee on 'Masonry and American Citizenship' point to the 
public schools as a stabilizing institution and as the cornerstone of our 
progressive civilization." 

This from British Columbia : — 

"Other hope there is none, save in the spirit of friendship and fair- 
ness, of democracy and the fellowship of man with man. Surely, Com- 
panions, the way of Masonic is wise. . . 

A point from California : — 

"A resolution was adopted urging the passage of legislation by the 
Senate and Congress tending to curb the activities of the Communist 

This from the Review of England : — 

"We regret that the proceedings from England and Scotland are so 
brief that it is practically impossible to gather intelligible information from 
them. They list those present, those who have died, charters granted, 
removal of Chapters, tell you they had an address but seldom include it. 


We hope they are good. We believe they are. But we want to read them." 
This from the Kansas Review: — 

"Masonry cannot afford to needlessly lose a worthy 'Companion; 
neither can it afford to retain an unworthy one." 

A touch from North Carolina : — 

"The hacked look of defeatism is not prevalent or epidemic. Men have 
come to realize that there is really a place for Royal Arch Masonry in 
their lives." 

Oregon gives food for thought: — 

"We think we know what M.W. Brother Scott had in mind, and we 
do not wish to take issue, except to say that individual liberty may 
become a most damnable curse to civilization when followed as it has 
been followed by certain individuals and groups of individuals in this 
and other countries. The highest individual liberty we know of is that 
liberty which makes an individual sacrifice personal privileges for the 
common good. Either can be carried to extreme." 


Roger K. Humphries, Grand High Priest. 
George A. Pettigrew, Grand Secretary. 
The Forty-fifth Convocation met in Sioux Falls, June 14, 

Officials from Minnesota were welcomed. 

Fifteen Past G.H.P.'s were welcomed with Grand Honours. 

From the address of the G.H.P the following: — 

"As ever near us though unseen 
The dear immortal spirits tread ; 
For all the boundless universe 
Is Life — there is no dead. 

"A most difficult one for Masonry in this jurisdiction, the economic 
condition of our country and particularly our own state being still on the 
downward path. Probably no other jurisdiction has been called upon to 
face such trying conditions as have existed in our own during the last two 
years. The extreme drought, coupled with the terrific dust storms and 
the Egyptian plague of old — grasshoppers, have all but ruined a vast 
section of the most fertile part of the state. Many of our Companions 
have lost everything and so many are unable to pay their Masonic dues 
that I think it wise to deal most leniently. 

"Leaflets entitled 'A Word to Master Masons' and 'Why a Royal Arch 
Mason' were left with each Chapter visited and they were urged to make 
use of the questionnaires. 

"This Grand Chapter has also purchased a number of copies of the 
book entitled 'Light From, the Sanctuary of the Royal Arch' for pre- 
sentation to the Royal Arch Masons at the time of their Exaltation. 

"The matter of concurrent jurisdiction between this Grand Chapter 
and the iGrand 'Chapter of Wyoming, over applicants for the Chapter 
degrees, residing an Wyoming but at points nearer or more convenient 
to Chapters located in South Dakota, was taken up by the Grand Chapter 
of Wyoming. 


"As we do not have the funds to keep a lecturer in the field, I wish to 
recomemnd that the state be divided into districts." 

Membership 3,978. Net loss 48(7. 

The Grand Master was received. 

L. M. Simons duly represented Canada. 

The Committee on Necrology reported : — ■ 

"Man is a seeker, an adventurer. Aware of his God-likeness, a Mason 
is never content with signs or symbols, secrets or sentiment. As deep as 
his soul and as far-flung as his thoughts, a Mason becomes a co-creator 
in linking life here with life to come. 

"Death is not an end ; it is a beginning. As childhood is the dawn of 
youth, and as youth is a dawn of a man's wisdom, so Masonry assures 
us that physical death is but the dawn of spiritual life. 

"The child is often fearful and cries out with pain, afraid sometimes 
of the tasks and responsibilitiesof youth and manhood. But the child finds 
youth is good; youth finds that manhood is better, and immortality shall 
be revealed to us as best of all." 

Roger S. Brown was elected G.H.P. 
From the In Memoriam pages this verse: — 

"Death, I will have the last word 
In our argument. 
Thou hast not heard 
The still, small voice 
From heaven sent 
That makes my heart rejoice. 
When thou shalt chant a requiem 
Over my grave, 
I will be brave 
And sing an exultant hymn. 
When my body lies under the sod 
And your last word is said, 
I will say: 'I live with God; 
Only my body is dead. 
The husk alone is thine; 
The kernel is divine'." 

And this from the memorial pages to their own dead: — 

"Men buy and sell by faith ; the forges burn, 
The drays are laden, countless mill-wheels turn, 
Great ships are chartered, trains run to and fro; 
Though faith directs them all, they scarcely know 
This spirit of the life of every day. 
Will she desert them when they seek to pray? 

"A day, a single day, if faith were dead, 
No field were sown, no oven fired for bread. 
Faith is the hand-maid in a toiler's guise 
Of all the world of workers. To tired eyes 
With solace she appears at close of day 
To lift their burdens when they seek to pray." 


William Downing, of Kitchener, is the Grand Representa- 
tive of South Dakota. 

The Grand Council of High Priesthood held a successful 


Maurice L. Hester, Grand High Priest. 

Thomas Earl Doss, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Sixth Annual was held in Nashville, 
January 28, 1935. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests honoured. 

Grand visitors from General Grand Chapter, Indiana, 
Missouri, Virginia, Mississippi and Nebraska were welcomed. 

The G.H.P. says in his address : — 

"As we give thanks for the privilege of meeting here again, may we 
have faith dn the wisdom, power, and goodness of the God of our fathers. 

"If Masonry, as taught and practiced by the founders of this country, 
is to survive and continue to hold the admiration of the world, we as 
individual members must continue with that fervency and zeal with which 
we have worked while facing so many difficulties. 

"I ruled that he was not entitled to serve as iHigh Priest during the 
time of his suspension from his Blue GLodge. 

"Much of the activity of our Chapters this year was the result of 
the visits made at the proper time by Companion Doss. 

"I visited all the Chapters in the State. 

"If the line officers will arrange for reunions at convenient places, and 
select teams with care, each Chapter in the State can have work next 
year, and the new Companions will understand and appreciate the degrees. 
If the reunion plan is properly developed, we will have active Chapters 
and enthusiastic Companions. 

"Furnish them with a list of the names of the boys and girls 
who have completed their work at the Home, giving the education and 
training of each boy and girl, and this committee endeavour to have the 
Subordinate Chapters secure employment for these boys and girls." 

Membership 6,318. Net loss 581. Chapters 81. 
The Educational Committee reported: — 

"We see the meed of more personal work, by interested and well-in- 
formed Masons." 

W. H. Blackwell was elected G.H.P. 

John H. C. Woodward, of London, is the Grand Representa- 
tive of Tennessee. 

W. H. Goodloe is the Grand Representative of Canada and 
was duly present. 

The Memorial to the late Grand Chaplain Walters closes 
with this verse: — 

"As day to night replies ; as light to shade, 
As summer to rough winter ; death to life — 
Death not a closing but an opening door, 
A deeper life, a prophecy fulfilled." 


The Capitular Review by J. L. Walker commences with 
that of the General Grand Chapter, from which we take the 
following: — 

"Kansas was at her best in honour of her own distinguished Com- 
panion Neilson. 

"The meeting and banquet of 'The 'Guild' comprising the Grand Secre- 
taries and Grand Reviewers was an interesting affair 

"Three Grand Chapters, i.e., Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, do 
not pay allegiance to the General Grand Chapter." 

California always gives ample material : — 

"Royal Arch Masonry should live to help, and help man to live. It 
has heart values that are paramount. It exalts the thought. 

"How shall we get Comp. William T. Paullin's views on questions of 
vital importance to the Royal Craft except through his Reviews?" 

Canada at Brockville was briefly reviewed. We quote : — 

"With beautiful words the Grand Z. tells of his work in the interest 
of Capitular Masonry in Canada. 

"Reports of Grand Superintendents give an encouraging picture of the 
condition of the 'Craft in Canada, apparently they have everything needed: 
enthusiasm, finances, and a spirit to work; so we predict a bright future 
for Canada. The Review is truly an example of excellence. It is written 
by Comp. Ponton." 

This from the District of Columbia : — 

"Masonry's work is the proper presentation of its truths to those who 
seek them — however small the number. The transmutaion into the 
general hands of God." 

This from the Review of England : — 

"It is good to see efficient work recognized. 

"They to take a Past Rank after five years service. 

"We are glad to see 'Capitular Masonry spreading to the four corner' 
of the earth. Petitions for fifteen new Chapters received." 

We make this extract from the Massachusetts Review : — 

"It is interesting to note that four hours and thirty-six minutes were 
consumed in exemplifying the four degrees of Capitular Masonry. This 
scribe offers congratulations on this procedure. We should all be able to 
do the work, but some are not." 

From Saskatchewan our colleague quotes : — 

"Men took on a multiplicity of Masonic connections yesterday without 
much exploration of what these connections really meant or could do for 
them. In this they were simply acting in conformity with the spirit of a 
reckless day, but that day has passed, and may not return in this genera- 
tion. Be that as it may, life's stern necessities are curtailing men's 

This from Scotland : — - 

"There are very few cities to be compared with Edinburgh. Edinburgh 
thoroughly understands that, but has forgotten about it. Edinburgh is 
not conceited. She may be insolent with the quiet unconscious insolence 
of a city whose superiority has been so long unchallenged in essentials, 
and whose excellence is so often hymned, that she has even forgotten to 
talk about it or think about it— she only lives it. But if one must admit 
so much, behind all her coldness there is the warm, pulsating heart of a 


great generosity, amd much of her coldness is the disguise of her shyness." 
From West Virginia the following : — 

"The mythical Goddess, Pandora, bequeathed to mankind the heritage 
of Hope — The last to leave when eyes grow dim and life fades into the 

His conclusion is interesting:— 

"It (is truly an inspiration to read the sayings and writings of so many 
distinguished Masons — intellectual giants — who are giving so freely of 
the best they have that the flag of Capitular Masonry shall not be 
trampled in the dust, but shall hold its place among the other agencies 
making contributions to the aid of humanity. 

"Bring about better conditions — to rebuild the House of the Lord. 

"While we recognize the evils approaching, we have ceased to worry 
over our 'delirium trimmings' and are beginning to guard and nurture all 
that we have left. 

"Companions, we have earned to-morrow; let's use it to promote the 
welfare of the Royal Craft." 


J. Lee Zumwalt, Grand High Priest. 

T. M. Bartley, Grand Secretary. 

Special Convocation held at Arlington, October 3, 1934, 
dedicating the Home for aged Masons. 

A musical programme by School Orchestra was enjoyed. 

Grand Orator Looney delivered a thoughtful address on 
"Old Age and Its Associate Virtue, Friendship." He speaks 
of the philosophy of old age, and other ideals, as follows: — 

"At such a time as when my living becomes a burden, a weight to my- 
self or to my family or to friends. 

"Physical weakness is not peculiar to the old. 

"This inevitable decline of physical strength may be more happily 
met and somewhat countered by assuming a cheerful and courageous atti- 
tude toward such a time of natural physical inability. 

"Let my strength uphold thee 
As thine own strength fails, 
As the way grows steeper 
And the night prevails. 
Drink thou of my wine — 
Lo! the cup I bring thee 
Holds a draught divine. 

"The aged despise dependence. They feel a sense of unhappiness be- 
cause they must withdraw from active service. But the aged retain their 
memory and reasoning power if only they keep their minds active and 
fully employed. Immortality is a racial urge as well as an individual 

"For the journey is done and the summit attained, 
And the barriers fall. 
Though a battle's to fight ere the guerdon be gained, 

The reward of it all. 
I was ever a fighter, so — one fight more, 
The best and the last! 


"The aged need not lack a pleasant living so long as the mind is whole, 
so long! as the heart is true. 

"But what can be more comforting to the aged than that repose which 
is to be found in the assurance of the mutual good will of a friend? 

"Men find in such relations a satisfaction in the enduring principle 
of friendship toward one another. Thus has come this beautiful haven 
for the aged companions and brethren. 
"Therefore I summon age 
To grant youth's heritage 

Life's struggle having so far reached its term; 
Thence shall I pass, approved 
A man." 

A portrait of G.G.H.P. O'Hara adorns the Proceedings. 

The whole Transactions of the Eighty-fifth Annual held in 
Waco, December 3, 1934, prepared by the Department of 
Printing of the Masonic Home and School of Texas, Fort 
Worth, do infinite credit to the boys and girls thus trained. 

Distinguished visitors from Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, 
Mexico, Oklahoma, and G.G.H.P. O'Hara were honoured. 

Greetings were received from our own Edwin Smith. 
Canada was duly represented by E. R. Glover. 

From the able address of the G.H.P. we take the fol- 
lowing : — ■ 

"Labour so wisely and well and contribute towards the perpetuity of 
our noble fraternity of which they were leaders and members. May we 
be blessed with some share of the wisdom and devotion they so abundantly 

"I tried to visit Chapters where dispensations had been granted and 
by so doing assure them my desire to assist." 

He attended the Order of the Rainbow meeting. 
Other remarks are: — 

"It was a special pleasure to grant dispensations when so many 
Chapters were about to demise. 

"I regard the Home as one of the greatest institutions in this State 
and of Masonic service or work it ranks above all others. 

"I ruled that post-dated checks could not be received and that remit- 
tance should be made of one-half of the fees 

"Under the Grand Lodge Laws the Secretary can not resign and these 
laws governed the case. 

"I am not in favour of the Grand Chapter placing any further re- 
strictions upon its power to legislate and I can see no good reason for 
such restriction." 

He made many recommendations, 37 in all, showing careful 
study of present problems. 

He thus closes: — ■ 

"I wish health, happiness and length of days, and that you may de- 
vote yourselves to a life consistent. 

The following is part of the preamble to a Resolution re- 
ferred to the Committee : — > 


"Greetings to and felicitate (Holland Lodge, No. 1, A.F. & A.M., of 
Houston, Texas, on the fact that on a day in March, 1835, in a small 
grove of wild peach and laurel, fit and happy emblem of the noble and 
glorious purpose they had in view, was held the first formal meeting of 
Masons in Texas." 

Present membership 30,293. 274 Chapters. 

Grand Orator Looney delivered an address on "Some 
Thoughts on Speculative Masonry", saying: — ■ 

"Yes, many such hundreds joined the craft to satisfy a yearning to 
become known among their fellows as a select individual, to satisfy a pride 
to be pointed out among men as one worthy of a peculiar mark of pre- 

"Mere secrecy, mere pride in ceremonial beauty, mere satisfaction of 
attainment of place among a select group are not sufficient causes for his 
fealty. But we may even find a more basic reason for men of all ages 
to set up some sort of mystic institution to give expression to his inner- 
most emotions and urges. This is his innate sense of and belief in God. 

"The two positive and fundamental fraternities of the world: the 
Church and Masonry; the one a distinctive and more informal religious 
institution which carries out its tenets and symbolism openly before all 
men and offers to whomsoever will a haven of worship and a philosophy 
of divine life which concern the salvation of the soul and its future exist- 
ence; the latter as specific but a more formal divine institution that 
through a definite, systematic series of formulae, symbols, and ceremonies, 
set up under strict rule and secrecy, offers a philosophy of life which 
embodies a system of morals relating to right and wrong in human con- 
duct together with the abiding hope of the eternal destiny of the soul 
only to him who may, under a careful scrutiny as to physical fitness, 
moral integrity, mental soundness, and belief in a Supreme Being, be 
accepted as worthily fit and duly qualified to learn, to profit, and to 
enlarge his life under the teachings of the fraternity. 

"These two foundation fraternities are in no wise conflicting, rather 
supportive each of the other, each having its own place in the scheme of 
human relations, each becoming when thoroughly understood an indomit- 
able power in the affairs of men. 

"Three are characteristic possessions of man; three of God; and one 
representative in its peculiar form and beauty of that perfected structure 
which man and God are together building. 

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God? — If any man defile the 
temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, 
which temple ye are. 

"Trust in the Lord, and do ecood ; 
Dwell in the land, and follow after faithfulness. 
A man's goings are established of the Lord ; 
For the Lord upholdeth him with His hand 
I have been young, and now am old ; 
Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaKen, 
All the day long he dealeth graciously, and lendeth ; 
Time's wheel runs back or stops. Potter and Clay endure. 

"Lofty designs must close in like effects : 
Loftily lying, 
Leave him — still loftier than the world suspects, 
Living and dying. 


"You dn your work over there in your printing plant, are doing a won- 
derful work there in fitting those young men to go out and hold down 
responsible positions, and I learned in the talk this evening how you arf 
providing positions for your graduates from your school. I don't know 
of anything more constructive." 

The G.H.P. of Missouri said :— 

""Place our children in barracks to be raised by the State! The Ma- 
sonic Fraternity cannot be unconcerned about such a threat, and neither 
can we be unconcerned about the threat of dictatorial power. 

"Our job is not complete with the birth of a nation; our job can never 
be complete until every enemy of the sacred institutions of America has 
been crushed, and chief est among those enemies is communism, and 
wherever and whenever we see it, it becomes our sacrd duty to strike it, 
whether it be found in the pulpit, as it sometimes is, under a guise of 
religion ; whether it be found in the school ,as it sometimes is, strike the 
ugly thing, and strike to kill (applause). 

"You can't find the Master's Word in the dictionary, my 'Companions. 
It isnt' there. The Master's Word is Eternal Truth. 

" 'Mother, this is no place for you. Go on home. I will be there 
directly.' But this wise mother said, 'Any place that is good enough for 
my son, is good enough for me. I will stay here until you are ready to 
go home, and then we will go home together.' Pretty soon the young 
man arose, took his mother by the arm and said, 'Come on, Mother, let's 
go home.' " 

The Grand Representative of Mexico said : — 

"Now, as to the future. Not very bright. No more foreigners are 
allowed in the Republic of Mexico. You may go there on a visit. It is a 
good law, and we should have more such laws in the United States. 1 
approve of it. Mexico for the Mexicans. 

"Brethren here in Texas, in Missouri, California, and the other border 
States, and until the last drop is in the candle, or the wick of the candle 
has burned out, that light shall burn, and if it does die, it shall die a 
natural death, and not because we are afraid to live." 

G.G.H.P. O r Hara said :— 

"'Telegram for O'Hara! Telegram for O'Hara!' Quicker than you 
ever heard a retort from the bleachers of a baseball diamond came this: 
'Wrong hall, take it to the K. of C 

"When I was a boy — and many of you the same — we were to be seen 
and not heard. Now, the scene has shifted, and the old folks are to be 
seen, often very touchingly, and not heard. 

"Not long ago I heard this narrative : Three young mothers, members 
of the same bridge club, were in the habit of taking their babies with 
them to the club. Upon their arrival, they would leave their babies in 
their cabs or on a divan or settee, or whatever it might be, put them to 
sleep and the game would start. Of course, you know such game? are 
not noiseless. On one occasion, the noise awakened the babies and one of 
them, looking at another, said, 'Say, brother, I'm getting tired of this 
stuff, being trundled out every afternoon and laid down on a big chair 
or divan, and when I make any kick about it, they come over and poke a 
bottle into my mouth and put me to sleep again. What do you think 
about it?' 'Well,' the other one said, 'I have had about the same thoughts. 
I have, however, one more grievance than you. In addition to what they 
do to you, they make me take enough orange juice every day to float in.' 


The .third one had said nothing, so they looked at him and said, 'Well, 
have you anything to say, Sport?' He said, 'Well, yes, I am sure I would 
rather be a bottle baby.' 'Why?' they asked him, and he said, 'Well, my 
kick is that when I am. getting my dinner, I have to hang on like the devil 
with one hand and brush cigarette ashes out of my eyes with the other.' 

" 'Now, we give you final warning. You must get together and unite 
this church if it is to be saved.' 

"The two old deacons went out to confer and one of them said to the 
other, 'Well, brother, you see how it is; one or the other of us has got 
to give in, and being as how I can't, you will have to.' 

"Let there be peace and harmony, Companions ; no word of disrespect 
for any other branch of Masonry, and nothing but love for all ! 

"'iSpeed up, speed up, speed up!' 

"The ancient Master's Word is mot a polyglot, but in and of itself is an 
entity alone and without equal. The one and only dogma of Freemasonry 
is a belief in 'God and the immortality of the soul. 

"And thus the symbolism of the Temple is on an equal plane with 
that of the Cross. 

"Recall these words of Solomon's prayer: 'Behold, Heaven and the 
Heaven of Heavens cannot contain Thee. How much less this house which 
I have built for Thee!' 

"Remember that emotion and sentiment in the cause of Freemasonry 
govern my heart as they do yours, and that "Tis the heart and not the 
brain, that to the highest doth attain ; and he who follows love's behest, 
far excelleth all the rest.' 

"And clasp our hands in friendliness. 
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree, 
If I knew you and you knew me." 

Comp. Nelson Williams said : — 

"I believe that the spontaneous answer to these questions should be, 
because it is the spontaneous response of eevry human heart to the 
aspirations of fraternal fellowship, the fundamental stone. 

"Arm in arm point out to man the means of acquiring human hap- 
piness below and eternal happiness in the world to come; they don't know 
that Freemasonry does not seek to usurp the field of the church, or offer 
itself as a substitute for the church; that it leaves to the church the 
higher and more sacred commission of pointing out to man the way of 
eternal life, and contents itself to aid religion in her divine work by 
teaching fraternal fellowship, opening up the fountains of men's souls to 
a higher realization of life, and to a clearer conception of the divine 
teaching of charity and brotherly love. 

"I never believed much in perpetual motion, but I have learned since 
I came to Texas that there is a spring, a sort of main spring, that can 
be put into an instrument, and that it runs on perpetually, and they tell 
me they call it, ''The Tom Bartley Spring' (laughter). 

"I read the pledge, that if, perchance, a time shall come 
When dire misfortune or distress shall be my lot; 
My sky of hope by somber clouds be overcast, 
And faith grow 'faint within me, you will most freely give 
To me and mine your love and words of true encouragement. 
And so, dear friends, my heart, responsive to this pledge, 

now speaks, 
And bids me greet you all as 'My Beloved.' " 


The Committee on Necrology state : — 

"What of the future? No one can say emphatically, I know; but 
Masonry, in concord with the church, gives hope." 

The Chairman of Foreign Correspondence receives $400 
annually and well earns it. 

Thirteen P.G.H.P.'s buttressed the Grand East. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not respond to Roll 

George W. Clampitt was elected G.H.P. 

The late lamented E. T. Malone, K.C., was the Grand Re- 
presentative of Texas. The present Representative is Wilbert 
L. Stewart, of London. 

S. J. Helm again with all his personal characteristics 
establishes contact at once under the Capitular Review. From 
his introduction we quote : — 

" 'I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the House of the 

"I am glad to say unto you, Companions, that there is a noticeable 
tendency among Grand Chapters this year to say, let us go into the House 
of Masonry. 

"Masonic ideals have, now and then, been given precedence over 
Treasurers' reports; the loyal, zealous Companion Royal Arch Mason 
has received a bit of attention. There is a gradual concession that the 
fundamentals of Masonry mean more than the pittance o>f dues which 
can be expected only in times of prosperity, when least needed. 

"A Mason, above all men, should realize that the cement, which holds 
Luncheon Clubs together, is a Masonic product. When a Rotarian attends 
his €lub, always at a convenient hour, he knows that he will meet . . . 
who will he meet? That is the secret which Masonic bodies have for- 
gotten in lust for money and members. He will meet picked men, one or 
two from each profession, trade or avocation, men who have been selected 
as the best in each particular line. Quadruple the membership of 
Luncheon Clubs and they would begin to decay; quadruple again and they 
would be ruined. 

"When none but genuine Masons are met in the meetings, all genuine 
Masons will want to be present every time possible. 

"Heartily approving the upward trend, this review will join St. 
Matthew in the statement that the last shall be first and the first 
last, so we start at the bottom and work up, just as every Masonic body 
on earth will have to do." 

The Reviews are in reverse order, commencing with 

Each Review is a piece of literature in itself. Under New 
York we read : — ■ 

"Grand Chaplain Broughton delivered an address on 'Words to Under- 
line.' What are the big words in life? Grand Chaplain gives particular 
attention to that big, little word 'if.' He calls upon us to meet the chal- 
lenge of the times with a Strong Mind, a Stout Heart and an Unspoiled 


"Review is ithe seventh make-up of Geo. E. Briggs and as usual, he 
rips up Euripides and socks it to Socrates /using quotations from every- 
body from Paradise Lost to the Chambermaid's Journal, giving his wife 
a headache when she types what he has scrawled off in longhand; he 
admits it. Perhaps, his chirography as well as quotations super-induces 
eye-strain, resulting in headache. 

"Briggs is ag'in what he calls 'Masonic trailers.' " 

Canada for 1934 is briefly but satisfactorily reviewed. He 
summarizes Grand Z. HaentschePs address with its historical 
and geographical reference as follows : — 

"Being Grand Z. in Canada is such an easy job that the incombent took 
on the leadership of Knights Templar also, the Templar domain- extending 
from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In the latter work, he went as far west 
and north as Dawson iCity in the Klondike, a 13-days journey from his 
home, and visited the Chapter there, being the first Grand Z. to do this 
during the twenty-seven years of the Chapter's existence. Of the visit, 
he says: 'Their loyalty knew no bounds, and their fealty to this Grand 
Chapter was given an impetus, which I feel will continue for many years.' 
Klondike Chapter was twelve years old when Grand Chapter of British 
Columbia was organized. It seems to me that the best interests of 
Capitular Masonry in the Klondike would have been served if Grand Z. 
had advised the Chapter to ask British Columbia to look after it, but 
remote control may be the desire of both Yukon and Canada. 

"Twenty-nine Dispensations to change date and hour of stated convo- 
cations would, of course, be unlawful here." 

He speaks of the urging of the Grand Z. for substantial 

As to our Review he generously says : — 

"Another great review by iComp. Ponton. Texas is honoured with 
three pages, three characteristic Ponton pages, which means that nothing 
is overlooked and everything is served in literary style." 

Under Alabama Review we read : — ■ 

"To bring out the thought that a Grand Chapter's endorsement means, 
or should mean, something; its endorsement on a note would mean some- 
thing ,and its endorsement of anything should. 

"Recognition of a new Grand Chapter is endorsement of it to the 
world, supposedly after a careful examination of its pedigree. 

"The regularity of the Chapters themselves, and the regularity of the 
action im organizing the Grand Chapter are gone into thoroughly, if an 
honest and competent committee is handling the matter, and recognition 
is not given unless that committee reports regularity in every respect and 
the ability of the new organization to govern its jurisdiction in a manner 
becoming the Fraternity." 

"If ever a Grand Chapter gave the sign of distress, New South Wales 
did. Have you observed any truly Masonic response to it?" 


Ollie C. Hope, Grand High Priest. 
James M. Clift, Grand Secretary. 


The One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Annual Convocation 
convened in Richmond, October 23, 1934, in solemn form. 

The entire Proceedings are the result of the work and skill 
of the Masonic Home Press Print. We congratulate the boys 
and girls who have chosen this vocation. 

Distinguished visitors from District of Columbia, North 
Carolina, Kentucky, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, 
South Carolina, Pennsylvania and General G.H.P. O'Hara 
honoured Virginia with their presence. Each was called upon, 
the Representative of New Jersey saying : — 

"Our Royal Craft is not just an organization local to New Jersey, but 
a great Universal Institution whose teachings appeal to the good and 
great of -the manhood of the Old Dominion State as it does to the man- 
hood of New Jersey. 

"It matters not what the mechanics by which the solution is accom- 
plished, solve them we will and our great Institution will go on and con- 
tinue to aid and solace all who pass the veils. 

"I am not at all in accord with those who hold that the 'purging' 
through which we are passing is good for us." 

Twelve P.G.H.P.'s were presented. 

Canada was duly represented by Arthur L. Mattern. 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following: — 

"If a Chapter does not have at least six meetings in the year that the 
High Priest shall not have the honour of the title of Past High Priest. 

"No organization is stronger than the membership that compose it, 
so if we are to succeed we must get our membership interested. One of 
the great crimes which shorten life is indifference. 

"Don't put off the fun of doing things for other people. It is a life 
renewing habit. The spirit of a man needs exercise as much as the 

"Lord help me live from day to day 
In such a self-forgetful way, 
That even when I kneel to pray 
My prayers shall be for — others. 

"Grand Treasurer has turned over $1,000.00 to the Educational Com- 
mittee this year. 

"They have sacrificed their time from their businesses to see that your 
children are taken care of in the best manner possible from the stand- 
point of health, food, housing, and education. We have at the Home at 
this time two hundred and twenty-five children. 

"Did you waste the day or lose it, was it well or poorly spent? 
Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent? 
As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say, 
'You have earned one more to-morrow by the work you did to-day'? 

"It is a God-given privilege, and I will wish for no greater reward from 
the Grand High Priest of Heaven and Earth, when my time is come." 
Membership 13,191. Net loss 1,422. 
The Memorial Loan Fund Committee reported : — 


"We wish to report that we have awarded the Hubard Memorial 
Scholarship at the Virginia Military Institute to Cadet Zimmerman, for 
the third consecutive year." 

Delamater Davis was elected G.H.P. 

Dr. W. J. McCollum, of Toronto, was the Grand Repre- 
sentative of Virginia. We lament his passing. 

This from the Memorial to the late G.H.P. Bloomberg : — 

"Ability and character and never the fruit of eager self-seeking; 
these honours he bore with modesty and poise of the surety of inner 

E. Fenno Heath, P. G.H.P., presents his Eighth Review and 
gives an interesting introduction : — 

"Masonic workers and writers little in evidence in recent years. 
Younger men have appeared in leadership roles, and their services as a 
whole have been meritorious. 

"It takes more than a single swallow to make a summer, but it is a 
relief to be able to report one, just one. new 'Chapter instituted in the 
United States, Wisconsin. 

"Committee on Appeals and Grievances had nothing to do, in America. 

"Several Grand High Priests studied the stagnated Grand Repre- 
sentative situation, with resultant extensive changes in personnel, and 
numerous notable increases in attendance at Grand Chapter, by those 

"Will not fee reduction encourage a repetition of the cycle which has 
been so much deplored?" 

From the Review of Alberta : — 

"During the past three years many copestones, which we fancied were 
solid foundation-stones of our present economic structure and modern 
civilization, have been removed and we have descended." 

Canada at London receives favourable attention : — 

"Virginia not represented. 

"Granted 123 dispensations, nineteen of them permitting attendance 
on Divine Service. Forbade wearing Royal Arch Regalia at Divine Ser- 
vice in conjunction with a Craft Lodge, it being a Craft function. 

"Companion about to be suspended for n. p. d., though not notified to 
that effect, could vote legally. 

"District Deputies were optimistic as to the future. 

"It was voted to confine the Annual Convocation to two days, instead 
of three, and reduce per diem from $6.00 to $5.00; new budget contem- 
plated $2,550 for benevolence. 

"In his best style Companion Ponton contributed fact, comment and 
quotation from fifty-four Proceedings." 

Under England the following: — 

"Twenty new Chapters were chartered; two Chapters attained their 
100th birthday and were allowed to issue centenary jewels to members." 

From the Maryland Review: — 

"Help in your daily lives, for solace in time of trouble, from the true 
Companionship to be found in your Chapter Rooms." 

From the Oregon Review the following: — 


"A complete questionnaire was adopted for use of committee? examin- 
ing visitors." 

This from Washington : — 

"Mother is the world's most precious possession. She is God's noblest 
handiwork. Without her the human race must long ago have perished 
forever. Nurtured by her tender and loving care it still lives, and is 
striving to emulate the Master." 


Albert P. Ryan, Grand High Priest. 

Wesley C. Stone, Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-first Annual was convened in Vancouver, 16th 
May, 1935. 

A fine array of eighteen Past Grand High Priests were 
greeted by the 'Companions. 

Robert L. McCroskey duly represented Canada. 

The G.H.P/si of Idaho and Oregon were welcomed. 

General G.H.P. O'Hara wrote to the Grand Chapter point- 
ing out the great distances and length of time travelled in order 
to reach the three Grand Jurisdictions on the Pacific Coast at 
different times. 

A letter was read from the Grand Z. of British Columbia. 

146 Companions were called during the year to their 

"I consider at this time when there ars so many things that have 
come in our every-day life to draw us away from our Masonic Ideals, 
that the opportunity for our advancement is greater than ever before, 
and if we will stand firm and work hard to keep things going, we will 
go forward." 

Under Visitations he wrote: — 

"I accepted an invitation from Grand Z. of British Columbia, extended 
to myself and the officers of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter and 
companions of Washington. 

"I requested the King County Chapters to arrange this meeting, which 
they did in a very creditable manner. A boat was chartered and more 
than 400 companions and their ladies made the trip. The boat left Seattle 
at 1.30 p.m. The weather was delightful and a more successful and en- 
joyable trip could not have been possible." 

He took great delight in instituting a new Chapter in 

The financial situation was not encouraging : — 

"November 28th, the Grand Chapter funds were exhausted. No money 
to pay outstanding warrants. I reported the following to Grand Secre- 
tary. Regarding borrowing money I do not find any provision in the 
chapter code for such action in an emergency like this, but in Grand 
Lodge Proceeding, with the approval of majority of the Committee on 
Finance and the Grand Master, money may be borrowed to meet emer- 
gencies. So I instructed the (Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer to 


proceed in a legal manner and I would approve same. So the necessary- 
money was borrowed until returns were in in March." 

Membership 7,194. Net loss 410. Number of Chapters 54. 

An address was given by M.E. Comp. VanPatten which 
was full of information. He was "pinch hitting" for another 
and did it admirably : — 

"Julius Caesar dead and turned to clay 
Might stop a hole to keep the wind away. 

"Although I do not intend to compare myself with Caesar, yet I find 
myself used as a stop-gap once more. 

"The mind of man moves slowly in its advancement, and is prone to 
acecpt and reproduce ideas that have the sanctity of age. The student of 
history is continually finding old ideas revamped and handed down. 

"Some time ago I was asked by a newly initiated companion, why it 
was that we did not use plain English to express our ideas rather than 
use so many symbols? 

"I called his attention to the evident fact that even the letters of our 
alphabet were but the symbols of sounds, and that words were symbols 
of ideas, and that it was impossible for us to communicate with each 
other without the use of symbols. 

"It is evident to the student that, before articulate speech could have 
been born, men must have used signs and gestures to impart their knowl- 

"By interpretation of the hieroglyphics men have learned to read a 
partial history of the past, and it is from this history that we are enabled 
to understand whence have come some of our more easily understood 

"This crude weapon became a symbol of power, and eventually resulted 
in what we call a double-headed axe. In the course of time this axe would 
be recognized as a type or symbol of supernatural power, and hence be- 
came a symbol of God. Hence we find this very thing in the hieroglyphics 
of ancient Egypt, for the double-headed axe is found and interpreted as 
meaning 'God or when doubled it represented the Gods. 

"While it may seem far fetched, yet we have the same symbol in the 
double-headed gavel used by our presiding officer, and its meaning is the 
same now as that given to it ages ago, namely power. 

"As the iSun was worshipped as a God, and man wished to be near 
Him after death for the blessings which they might receive from Him, it 
was but another step for them to conceive of the soul of the dead going 
west also in order to get into the Boat of the Sun as it passed through 
Amenta, and thus escape to their Heaven which lay about the North Star. 
However it was necessary for each individual to be examined. 

"Another strange thing connected therewith was the names of these 
columns; they were called 'Tat and Tatu', and that meant strength and 
establishment, just as we have it to-day. 

"Not only did the Egyptians image these pillars, but they set up twin 
columns or pylons at the entrance to their Temples, probably as a re- 
minder to those who entered, that they should do so in spirit only. 

"However the emblems used for the Jewel of the Grand High Priest 
are not only found in Egypt, but also in the emblems of Assyria and of 
Mexico, which makes us wonder the more at them. 

"I wish to call your attention to a definition of a symbol, which I heard 
recently. It was said that, 'A symbol is like a pane of glass through 


which we may see objects far beyond. But that when the glass becomes 
obscured by dirt or grime, we can only see the glass*. 

"How well this emphasizes the idea that the mere ritualist is likely 
to allow the pane to become so cluttered up with formality that very littl Q 
of the real objects of Masonry can be seen. 

"'Companions, if we are to understand Masonry, we must strive to 
keep the glass clean and to look through it to what lies beyond." 

The Committee on Obituaries reported : — 

"May we all so employ our remaining span of life that we may, as the 
poet so aptly says, 'Go not like the galley .slave scourged to his dungeon, 
but as he who wraps the draperies of his couch about him and lies down 
to pleasant dreams.' " 

In the Memoriam to the late Grand Chaplain this 
thought : 

"Out of the shadows he came and into the shadows he has gone, but 
his memory still lingers like the golden glow of a setting sun. His work 
while here was that of a true brother, giving aid and goodly counsel. 
Characteristic was his friendliness. He met all men on the level, and 
never talked cant to any one. He probably knew more people about 
Dayton than any man living there, because he was so beloved." 

From another Memorial the following: — 

"Each of us can so live and act to deserve the title of a man who did 
his best. Nothing but the best in him is proper and fit for the true 
Mason to give." 

Lewis A. Bender was elected G.H.P. 

Wesley C. Stone, Grand Correspondent, prepared a Review 
of the Proceedings of 46 Sister Jurisdictions. 

Sidney S. Forbes, of Hamilton, is the Grand Representative 
of Washington. 

The Order of High Priesthood held an interesting meeting. 


Robert S. Lemon, Grand High Priest. 

G. M. Ford, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-fourth Annual was held at Parkersburg, 8th 
October, 1934. 

Many distinguished visitors were introduced and accorded 
Grand Honours. Among them from Ohio, Virginia, Indiana 
and the G.G.H.P. 

On the occasion of the presentation of a Gavel made from 
wood from Mount Vernon G.G.H.P. O'Hara said : — 

"The gavel, we are told, symbolizes many things. In Masonry not 
only is it a symbol of authority and power, it is a symbol of well regu- 
lated regard to purification and perfection of heart." 

Comp. Gruen said: — 

"Grand High Priest of West Virginia. He is a real fellow, a real 


companion, true blue all the way through. Courtesy, I believe, is his 
middle name and his last name is Lemon. 

"Companions, as I was driving over here and meeting myself going 
back a great deal of the time around these curves, I began to think about 
these grand old hills of Southern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. There 
is nothing sham about them. 

"The symbols we understand are symbols of the real things in life. 
It is pure, and as we go out in the world we should be careful not to 
show ourselves as veneer Masons." 

Comp. Pocock said: — 

"I am really wondering if that is the only excuse for Royal Arch 
Masonry to perpetuate itself, by conferring the degrees on some one else. 
If we had no other reason for existence than conferring degrees, we have 
lived too long now." 

This among the remarks of Comp. Hope : — 

"It is well to know your members. We don't know them well enough. 
I have asked many of our chapters, half sitting on one side and half on 
the other, How many on this side could call the names of those on the 
other side? It is not as Masonry should be. 

"They should join for that touch by bringing each other together. 
The busy man usually has time for many things. When you are going 
to get people together and rub shoulders with them, they will want to 
come in. He doesn't always need your financial help, but he needs your 

From the address of the G.H.P. we take the following : — 

"The future of Masonry depends, not on the comparative few officers, 
but on the rank and file, who must shoulder the burden of responsibility. 

"We know that their fate is secure. Masonry is inflexible as Fate, as 
exacting as Justice and as imperative as .Destiny. Help us all to per- 
form our duties — those who are left — that we may receive the Heavenly 
plaudit of Well done." 

The Grand Secretary presented an interesting report: — 

"During the year, we received a number of letters from our repre- 
sentatives near other Grand Chapters. These communications are very 
much appreciated, not only 'for the interest shown by the Companions, 
but a closer relationship is established between sister Grand Chapters, 
and it would be a great thing, if all representatives were to take their 
appointment seriously. 

"When care is pressing you down a bit, 
REST— if you must, But do not QUIT." 

Membership 9,556. Net loss 768. 

This from the Report of the Education Committee : — 

"Only one of the proposed three Lectures was sent out, viz., the one 
prepared by the Chairman on 'The Half Shekel,' covering one phase of 
the general 'Symbolic and Mystic Capitular Masonry.' " 

Walter 0. Coover was elected G.H.P. 

The General G.H.P. again spoke appealingly: — 

"May He who doeth all things well, put it into your hearts, and may 
they uphold your hands in the Royal Arch affairs of this Jurisdiction. 


"Upon it you will notice the circle and triple cross. No doubt you are 
familiar with its meaning. The circle being without end is symbolic 
of the Kingdom of Heaven and our Heavenly Father. The Triangle, 
not of Omnipotence, Omniscience and Omnipresence as much as it is of 
the triune God, the creative ,the productive, and the preservative — Father, 
Mother, Offspring — all in one — a wonderful thought. That in 'the one 
man lies all that that is on earth and in heaven. Doubtless, the triple 
cross is most properly placed. It was always a mark of esteem given as 
a reward for meritorious service. 

"The scarlet of the iseal of fidelity. The yellow represents the golden 
chain of virtue which should bind each." 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests were assembled. 
Fred C. Steinbicker duly represented Canada. 
This from the welcome they received : — 

"Always exhibit that Fraternal love which is given from one Mason 
— from one Masonic body — to another. You will do these things; if you 
do not you will not only grieve that body, but this as well. 

"Tradition tells us that after the temple was completed 1 the craft were 
declared free, and they were permitted to travel in foreign countries." 

Committee on Necrology report: — 

"Hope never grows old. Good men and true are led by vision. Sal- 
vation is as young as it ever was. In strength it is as firm and as sound, 
facing its foes with militant enthusiasm." 

By request Comp O'Hara made another inspiring speech : — 

"Wherever two or three or a few Masons are gathered together in 
the holy name of Freemasonry there I want to be. Despise not the day 
of small things, nor yet consider yourself small when you are earnestly 
engaged in the great cause of Freemasonry. 

"These are days when everything has something to say about every- 
ofthing. Our eyes and ears are open, we are listening, listening. All of 
Masonry lies not in the ritual. I have come to realize that the ritual is a 
very important part. But after all it is just a primer, a beautiful intro- 
duction to the thing, to the philosophy which underlies Masonry. He 
who settles on the ritual becomes stale. 

"In your journey through life, you are going to discover right along 
something you have cast aside on your pathway through life, something 
that was the keystone and foundation, something that would have been 
for the benefit of society. And so, young man, you will discover that 
you have presented — probably before you have reached the path of 
conservatism, you have discovered something. 

Another great symbol in the degree is that of labour. 

When we interpret the mark master's degree, which is the most 
practical in all Freemasonry, we are found in the full use of our knowl- 
edge in the execution of our work ,and take the mark — and to the prospec- 
tive Mason, that mark is character. 

"What is a Masonic symbol? It is that which we use in Masonry to 
promote a spiritual thought — a proper thought — a moral or spiritual 
emotion. Have we discovered them, as we passed along? I doubt it. 

"May I say to you that the temple of Solomon is the most highly 
instructive of any and all Masonic Symbols put together, because of the 
spiritual realization of that temple. It stood as a living proof brought 
down to us through the ages of such workers. 


"Take out of Freemasonry the temple and the legends, and we have 
only a skeleton left. We have a structure and superstructure so weak 
it is bound to totter. 

"It is needless to talk about the bee-hive. Without Royal Arch 
Masonry the story of Blue Lodge Masonry is, as I have said, a song half 
sung. My greatest loyalty is to it, because it put me in the road to find 
out the greatest influence that ever entered my life. Oftentimes a man 
of humble origin and limited education will become your truest friend. 

"How many stand up and say, 'I love my Royal Arch Masonry?' 
Many times you hear a man say, 'I love my Blue Lodge, my Commandery 
or my Scottish Rite Masonry.' But have we brought real Royal Arch 
Masonry to say, 'I love my Royal Arch Masonry?' It is because you 
don't understand it. Learn something about the symbols. The craft 
are told to go and find light. That will save your Royal Arch Masonry 
and all the rest of the things are only matters fleeting and casual. 

"Masonic bodies are not a place to make bad men good. They are 
place to make good men better. In the Masonic rites there is truth, and 
in Masonic truth there is always and forever the imperishable." 

From the many Memorials recorded this : — 

" 'The meaning of death' 

"The real truth is, dying does not make a void in the world, all are 
familiar with the scientific theory, that nothing physical can be destroyed. 

"Though the warrior's sun is set, 
It's light shall linger round us yet, 
Bright, Radiant, blest." 

Alex. Cowan is the honoured Grand Representative of West 

From the Foreword to Fraternal Correspondence of G. M. 
Ford, whose portrait we are glad to see again, we take the 
following: — ■ 

"Our travels around the world, in the reading of the proceedings of 
the Grand Chapters, one can discern a bright spot occasionally. 

"The one outstanding bright spot was Utah, the only Grand Chapter 
that reported a gain. 

"We believe we can see a rift in the clouds. There is a feeling of 

"Of the proceedings we have covered this year (America), the net 
loss is 60,342, approximately 4,000 greater than last year. But with our 
large membership we should be able to wipe this out the coming year an.i 
start on the upgrade. 

"The number that are on the side lines. These latter are the ones 
that must do the real work. 

"If we will all put our shoulder to the wheel, we can make the wagon 
move forward. 

"Come on, let's go." 

This from the Review of Alabama : — 

"We doubt finding any Grand Chapter whose loss of membership 
will be as large a proportion as Alabama, which is 20 per cent. 

This from California Review:— 

"If the Chapters are sound financially so will they be ritualistically. 


"This feature of the proceedings is, we believe, of great interest to 
the Capitular world." 

Canada at Brockville is briefly but kindly reviewed : — 

"M.E. Companion Alexander Cowan represented West Virginia, and 
is now Grand Z. 

"Where are the teachings better for the uplifting of mankind, where 
are lessons better or more beautifully portrayed than in our lectures? 

"An exhaustive report is rendered by the Committee on 'Condition 
of the Craft' and it is full of interest. 

"The proceedings of 51 Grand Chapters are covered in his usual 
efficient manner. 

"We note he ignores the suggestion that his portrait preface the 


Ward A. Rowbottom, Grand High Priest. 

William F. Weiler, Grand Secretary. 

Prior to the opening of the Eighty-fifth Annual Convoca- 
tion a musical entertainment was given by Comp. Clitheroe. 

Convocation opened in the Royal Arch Degree in the Scot- 
tish Rite Cathedral, Milwaukee, February 19, 1935. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests out of sixtten living, 
were honoured. 

Distinguished guests from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, 
Michigan and the General Grand Secretary were welcomed. 

The G.H.P. delivered an address full of fine thoughts and 
good records. We quote : — - 

"A mighty fortress is our God, 

A bulwark never failing; 

Our helper He amid the flood 

Of mortal ills prevailing. 

"I trust that you will carry back to your Companions a message of 
fidelity and zeal which will inspire all to adopt the slogan 'PRESS ON/ 
which has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. 

"There will be time after the first session for the making of new 
acquaintances and renewing old friendships. 

"I urge all present at this Convocation to be present at this evening's 
presentation of this marvelous, beautiful Capitular degree. 

"While we show a loss in membership, to fight harder for the right, 
and boost rather than knock our wonderful Order. 

"We need a real, constructive program which will cover a space of 
time much more than just one year. Grand Chapter can help but will, 
of their own accord, start the guns of education booming which will tear 
down the walls of discouragement and despair and build up in their place 
bulwarks of fidelity, zeal and accomplishment. 

"Thirty-five thousand symbolic Masons in our Jurisdiction have not 
as yet received the Royal Arch, and then take into consideration the fact 
that the second Landmark of Symbolic Masonry specifically states that 
the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry include the Holy Royal Arch, there 


is not much argument against the statement that we, as Chaper Masons. 
have been negligent or taking a vacation from our regular defined duties 
which are explained in one of our outstanding degrees — that we will dis- 
pense Light and Truth to our less informed brethren. The time has 
come. We are doing every Symbolc Mason a good deed when we explain 
to him that he, of necessity, must have the Capitular degrees to finish his 
course in Symbolic Masonry. 

"There will emanate from that man the vital sparks of truth which 
will never perish. Pour out the power of Masonic Light. 

Many of our Chapters have successfully solved this problem to the end 
that no Companion who desired to retain his membership has been de- 
prived of it. In many instances this 'gesture of charity has brought back 
to the meetings many Companions who were thought to be lost to the 

Where Chapters are lacking in attendance and enthusiasm, the real 
cause is lack of leadership. We have real leaders among our members 
It is up to us to ferret them out; put them to work; then watch." 

He is a great admirer of De Molay but gives both encour- 
agement and warning. He says truly :— 

•'Companions who make up the various advisory boards of the De 
Molay Chapters sponsored by our Chapters are to be highly commended 
for having willingly given up much of their time and effort to this work ; 
but, after all, this type of work tends to keep men from growing old 
because of their contact with youth, and that is pay enough for any man 
— if he can keep young in his mental attitude." 

The Triple Tau Association work is appreciated. 
Under Instruction we read :— < 

"I do not believe that the individual visitation should be entirely done* 
away with because of the location of some of our Chapters. 

"Abolishing the office of Grand Lecturer! My answer is emphatically 
NO, because he is, without doubt, the contact man between the Grand 
Chapter and the Chapters." 

He speaks favourably of the Masonic Home, recommending 
the granting of $500 and urging that Grand Chapter take an 
active interest in some work without duplicating. 

Of Music he well says:— 

"Music is a much needed item in the proper proceeding of any Masonic 
body and therefore I recomemnd that we add to the list a 'Grand 

Canada was faithfully represented by Elmer S. Owens. 
The Committee on Problems, a suggestive title, present a 
striking Report, from which we take the following : — ■ 

"Our duly appointed committees made very little, if any, investigation, 
in other words we were as one with the Spirit of the World and of the 
times, 'GET THE MONEY.' We made many members and all too FEW 

"Masonry must wake up to the fact that it has something worth while 
to offer. A beautiful rendition of the ritual is well and good but that is 
not the ALL of Masonry. It is the firm belief of your committee that the 
vast majority of our membership are sick and tired of ritual as isuch 


and would welcome an explanation of symbolism, the deeper meaning, 
the so-called secrets, must be brought back to our membership. In the' 
language of the street, all too long have we 'kidded ourselves.' The mem- 
bership is hungry. 

"We hear the cry for Leadership. Well and good, but recollect, Com- 
panions, a successful army is not made up of officers, there must be 

Fred S. Thompson was elected G.H.P. 
An unusual deliverance was that of the Committee on 
Necrology from which we cannot resist quoting: — 

"We share confidence in the immortality of the soul as a fit climax 
to a creative work that has been ineffably beautiful and marvelous. In 
the hours of our clearer, stronger vision, when we are at our best intel- 
lectually and spiritually, we have our most assuring confidence in im- 
mortality, in the wonder and victory of personal permanence. We hold 
with Victor Hugo that 'the tomb is not a blind alley ; it is a thoroughfare. 
It closes on the twilight, opens on the dawn. 

"But the truer life draws nigher. 

Every Year; 
And its Morning-Star climbs higher, 

Every Year; 
Earth's hold on us grows slighter, 
And the heavy burden lighter, 
And the Dawn Immortal brighter, 

Every Year." 

Membership 21,336. Net loss 1,460. 

The three pamphlets handed to all members of Grand 
Chapter that were registered were "A Word to Master 
Masons," by C. C Hunt; "The Necessity of the Royal Arch to 
the Master Mason," by William F. Kuhn, and "Why a Royal 
Arch Mason?" issued by General Grand Chapter. 

The Education Committee give details of interesting 
lectures presented and close their Report with the following: — 

"Square, Triangle, Circle! These figures three 
Represent what you were, where you are and can be — 
A building in Time for Eternity!" 

The address on De Molay on which apparently some mem- 
bers of Wisconsin specialize, is most interesting. We quote : — 

"For the young man this period in his life is a stage of confusion — 
a casting about for a code of morals to help him in his conduct. Though 
a boy's most intimate companions may be passing through the same 
stage, it is a time when each individual stands alone, striving to find in 
the maelstrom of human activities around him some secure and per- 
tmanent set of values. It is the time when the church holds out its 
symbol but can only wait and pray; a time when the school can widen 
intellectual horizons to facilitate greater wisdom in choice but cannot 
participate actively; a time when parents watch with bated breath trying 
gently to guide, but being unable to furnish that security." 

$800 was paid for De Molay. 


Addresses by distinguished guests are thus commented 
on: — 

"We feel inspired always to have men of such high caliber with us. 
They bring to us of their best thought, backed by years of practical ex- 
perience and a wealth of highest intellectual thought essential to the 
welfare and upbuilding of our Masonic iCraft." 

The Grand Chaplain made, as in so many Jurisdictions in 
the U.S.A. other Grand Chaplains make, a fine thought-inspir- 
ing talk, from which we quote: — 

"It is an interesting fact that the advancing line of civilization in our 
new country, starting from the Atlantic coast line, did not plow straight 
ahead westward over mountains and valleys and seas, but followed the 
line of least natural resistance, advancing along the valleys and rivers. 
"There's a legion that never was listed 
That carries no colours nor crest, 
But split in a thousand detachments 
Is breaking the road for the rest. 

"Have you at times wished you had some physical force that you could 
bring to bear on the hesitant and the unresponding? 

"A small boy asked his father, 'Dad, what is a Board of Education?' 
The father replied, 'In my day it was a large shingle.' 

"Greater credit is due your leadership that, having good will alone 
to work with, you have achieved some of your objectives and have kept 
the holy light burning in your home Chapters. 

"Your tasks have been important in setting forth our continuing faith 
in mankind. Albert Pike said, 'I know of nothing so odious in an old 
man as an ill opinion of human nature.' tl is odious in young or old. 

"In one of the European galleries there is an old Greek statue of 
Apollo, a beautiful study of physical perefection. Observers say it is 
interesting to watch the crowds. If any casual visitor stops and stands 
long enough before the statue almost invariably he begins to straighten 
his shoulders and stand erect." 

Wisconsin's Grand Representative is W. J. Wadsworth, of 

The Foreign Correspondence is in the able hands of the 
Grand Secretary, William F. Weiler, who says in his Fore- 
word : — 

"More optimism prevails and we believe we have turned the corner 
toward better things. We look forward." 

Canada at Brockville receives special and favourable at- 
tention. He quotes from the Grand Z's address and fully from 
Companion Gardiner's work on the Condition of Capitular 
Masonry, especially the verse : — 

"Watchman, what of the night? 
I see the morning light." 

And the following sentence worthy of being reproduced : — 

"We are hopeful that out of the vicissitudes shall rise a new genera- 
tion of builders who, upon the ashes of the past, shall establish a new 
condition among men — a condition in which we trust generosity and kind- 
ness shall dispose of greed and selfishness." 


With reference to our instruction and education he says : 

"We are learning that Masonry is more than a formula. In the 

adytum of our Masonic Creed there is revealed some nortion of the eternal 


"Behind our Institution is a 'divinity that shapes our ends' and assists 

us to turn the rough ashlar into the finished stone." 

And adds that Wisconsin is well reviewed. 

Jn the Review of Ohio we are pleased to read :— 

"A man who is solicited, or high pressured into buying something 
that he later finds he did not want is no asset to either the commercial 
or the fraternal world. 

"Certainly a very true statement and one which many of our mem- 
bership are realizing more and more." 

He quotes from 'The Parish Priest of Austerity" and gives 
a verse: — 

"And in sermon and script he daily wrote 
What he thought was sent from heaven. 
And he dropped it down on the people's heads 
Two times one day in seven." 

The Reviewer strikes this note of warning under Ten- 
nessee : — 

"In looking over their disbursements we wish to compliment them on 
not making their Masonry so cheap as some Jurisdictions. When we do 
'chisel' down our expense to a point where the Grand Chapter cannot 
function properly ,it is hardly consistent to expect satisfactory results." 


Walter B. Saunders, Grand High Priest. 

Richard H. Repath, Grand Secretary. 

The Twenty-seventh Annual Convocation was held in 
Buffalo, Wyoming, July 9, 1935. 

The following is a brief extract from the sketch of the life 
of the G.H.P. :— 

"He has served two terms in the lower House of the Legislature of 
Wyoming and is now serving his second term as State Senator. He was 
elected President Ad Interim of the Senate, and is undoubtedly in line 
for higher honours." 

Nine Past Grand High Priests were greeted in the Grand 

Walter E. Mercer, the Grand First Principal of Alberta, 
was given a cordial welcome. He modestly deplored that he 
lacked the eloquence of his American cousins to express in 
appropriate language his appreciation of the reception ten- 
dered him, but at a later hour proved his worth was warrant 
for his welcome. 

Canada was duly represented by Richard H. Repath, whosp 
deceased brother is well remembered among us. 


From the address of the G.H.P. the following: — 

"The friendly attention shewn us by the Masonic Brethren and the 
citizens of this wonderful little city nestling in the valley under the lee 
of lovely Cloud's Peak, pointing her head skyward on the crest of, and 
resting like a majestic crown on the beautiful Big Horns, we meet to 
renew our faith in the Order we love and which has meant so much in 
the past to our forefathers and country, and our determination to carry 
on well the work so nobly done by the founders, that those who follow 
may look back on our labours with veneration and as much satisfaction 
as we now look on theirs. 

"I wrote many personal letters to the officers of the various Chapters 
and visited them personally. 

"All we in one long caravan 
Are journeying since the world began ; 
We know not whither, but we know 
Time guideth at the front, and all must go. 

"It is not enough that we meet, transact the routine business, return 
home and wait a year to do the same thing over again. We should, if 
possible, not only do that, but in some way, try to get an inspiration, 
united inspiration, unity of thought, of purpose, and action. We should 
be so imbued with the idea ourselves that when we return to our respective 
Chapters, we will impart it like the transmission of a contagious disease 
to the membership. We must arouse the membership to the need of 
thought and action. We must have them realize that we cannot con- 
tinually draw from this reservoir of good without its being replenished. 
We can not reap without we sow. Even if we sow, we can not hope to 
harvest bountifully unless we prepare the soil carefully and sow clean, 
fertile seed. 

"Capitular Masonry to-day needs that kind of thought and action. It 
needs cultivation. Such weeds, as the thought of its being a mere step- 
ping stone, should be eradicated. 

"On the other hand, with a competent set of officers and a group of 
sincere members, a Master Mason is received and is given possession 
of their true word, he will go forth satisfied and pleased as having 
acquired something. A job well done, he goes forth as good seed and 
the Order will be rewarded accordingly in the harvest. 

"No sooner do we cease to grow than we begin to decay. We either 
go forward or step backward. 

"Companions, this work is worth while. It is doubly worth while, not 
only when honestly, unselfishly, and cheerfully given does it make for a 
better civilization, for better humanity, for a better nation, but the work 
itself makes us better men and better citizens for having done it. 

"Let us do our work well, 
Both the unseen and the seen ; 
Make the housce where gods may dwell 
Beautiful ,entire, and clean. 

"Build td-day, then, strong and sure. 
With a firm and ample base; 
And ascending and secure 
Shall to-morrow find its place." 

Membership 1,884. Net loss 64. 


Walter E. Mercer, Grand Z. of Alberta, "clad in the full 
Regalia of his high office, characteristic of Masonic Officials 
of the British Dominions, was an imposing figure." He made 
an impressive speech from which we take the following sen- 
tences and thoughts: — 

"There is nothing that will so effectively increase the prestige of 
Masonry in the eyes of the world as the living witness to be found in 
every upright Mason. 

"Companions, if the forming and cementing of friendships and the 
extension of fraternal intercourse were all that we have accomplished. 
But there is more, for we form an association of men, law-abiding, 
virtuous and patriotic, living and advocating those ideals which will 
ultimately restore world sanity and more equitable conditions. 

"For, he has not served who gathers gold. 
Nor has he served whose life is told 
In selfish battles he has won, 
Or deeds of skill that he has done, 
But he has served who now and then 
Has helped along his fellow-men. 

"Masonry is neither dead nor dying. Into tne eternal soil of its 
spiritual principles it sends forth its roots, in the pure sunlight of Divine 
favour it spreads its branches, and by the co-operation of human effort 
and divine favour. 

"The world needs to-day keener, better informed minds and more 
generous hearts than it has ever needed before. We are now paying the 
penalty for stupidity and unrestrained selfishness. We did not have 
sufficient self-restraint or courage to stop our headlong flight. To-day 
the world needs a man's mark upon his work, upon the structure that is 
being erected for future generations to guide and encourage them to 
press forward. 

"The same may be said of the reward of the sojourner. Mystical 
literature abounds with the expression of this strange and satisfying 
experience which dawns on the spirit of the earnest seeker after truth 
and henceforth illuminates his life's course. 

"'Such is the reward hinted at times out of number. It sings out in 
two wonderful lines: 

"Consume me in the ardour of Thy Flame 
And grant, Lord, the Mystery of Thy Name." 

The Committee on Necrology quote : — 
"Heroic spirits! take your rest! 
Ye are richer ; we are poorer, 
Yet, because ye have been with us, 
Life is manlier, Heaven surer." 

Here was an interesting interlude. It would be hard to 
find a precedent or a successor to this cumulative circum- 

"Rising in his station, the distinguished Grand High Priest called in 
succession the names of 'Dan,' 'Don,' 'Harold,' and 'Robert,' and directed 
them to appear at the west of the Altar, and with visible pride intro- 
duced them as four of his sons who had attained the rank of Royal Arch 


Masons, with more coming up. The thunderous applause following the 
introduction subsiding brought most of the membership to their feet 
with congratulatory remarks, some adding regrets that Mrs. Saunders 
could not be present to share in the ceremony. 

"Arthur C. Jones, who, ever ready to point out the good deeds and 
accomplishments of others, had the temerity to suggest that if other 
members of the draft would duplicate Companion Saunders' achievement 
the present decline in membership of the Order would be effectively 
checked. It is unnecessary to say that this was an opening too good to 
be overlooked and the expressed opinions were that Companion Jones 
should be the first to follow his own suggestion.." 

Henry G. Watson was elected G.H.P. 

It takes two pages to record the wonderful entertainment 
which the Companions enjoyed at Buffalo : — 

"The imposing new Masonic Temple recently erected is a fine monu- 
ment to the optimism of the Masonic fraternity and the civic pride of the 

"Although taxing the capacity of the Inn, were all comfortably seated 
at a banquet quaintly described by Companion Mercer, our distinguished 
guest from Canada, as of 'excellent parts and well purveyed.' " 

Howard E. IMeadd, of Cornwall, is the Grand Representa- 
tive of Wyoming. 

The Report on Correspondence is for the eighth time in the 
capable hands of Henry G. Watson, now G.H.P. We quote 
from his introduction : — - 

"The writer's eighth foray into the Capitular quarries for some well 
■squared stones has been disappointing in many respects. 

"Many a Grand High Priest has been inducted into office with re- 
sounding promises of what he hoped to do to improve conditions. A few 
have outlined programs. Generally the results have been the same. 

"Utah, with only a few Chapters, was probably the ideal location for 
an intensive drive, which resulted in an increase in membership. 

"A number of the jurisdictions clarified and simplified the procedure 
for consolidating Chapters. 

The number of exaltations dropped off from 5,942 in 1933 to 4,571 
in 1934; affiliations fell off from, 4,035 to 3,417." 

This from the Review of California: — 

"Wyoming showed the smallest percentage of loss, a mere 2.93%, as 
compared with an average for the United States of 8.03%. Wyoming 
is weathering the depression in rather good shape." 

And this from Colorado : — 

"And here we are pleased to note a pleasing reference to Wyoming's 
Representative, Verne A. Lewis, for letters and kindly attention to one 
of their members while in a hospital here in Denver, and we will just 
add that such conduct on the part of 'Companion Lewis is not news to us 
— just a way he has of attending to duty." 

We make this excerpt from Idaho : — 

"Are we discouraged? Not any. Believe in God, fear no man and 
go after the infidels." 

Kansas Review gives us this : — 


"Masonry is a voluntary association, and the things for which we 
stand do not rest upon statutes or regulations. We have no law to say 
to what degree a man shall love his neighbour; to what extent he shall 
assist in the promotion of brotherhood." 

A touch from Oregon: — 

" .... I realized that Capitular Masonry is only a part — an im- 
portant part it is true — but only a part of the great structure of 

"... I buckled on the armor of a crusader and went forth. I 
mean that metaphorically. What I actually did was to take a plug hat 
— or its stepbrother, an opera crush hat — the collar, apron and jewel of 
my office." 

Under the British Columbia Review we read: — 

"An innovation was the inclusion in two or three reviews of the pic- 
ture of the Grand Representative to British Columbia. It seems like a 
good idea and many Companions would doubtless like to know what the 
chap that represented them in some other Jurisdiction looked like." 

Canada at Brockville is appreciatively Reviewed : — ■ 

"Represented by Companion Howard E. Meadd, who has been ap- 
pointed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Companion Edward J. 
Repath, a brother of our own Grand Secretary. 

"As it was the first time in the twenty-seven years of Yukon's 
existence that it had received a visit from the Grand Z. the trip was 
doubtless well worth the time spent. 

"Nearly a hundred dispensations were granted. Many of them, being 
to attend Divine Service or hold social functions, would not be required 
in Wyoming. 

"The Review Section was again the work of that able reviewer, Com- 
panion Ponton, who provided over a hundred pages of most complete and 
enlightening summaries of the Grand Chapter Proceedings. It is pre- 
ceded by a 'Topical Analytical Index.' 

"Not the least interesting part of the History issued are tne cut? 
of the Grand Z.'s, beginning with 1857, which illustrate the publication." 
We close our Review by this quotation from Sas- 
katchewan : — 

"Masonry is a human institution. Economic stability is an essential 
human necessity and presents problems to-day which cannot be ignored 
with impunity. Men require material blessings." 


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